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Joe Biden declares “major disaster” in Texas due to snowfall

US President Joe Biden approved a major disaster declaration for Texas and arranged for federal resources to help the state

| 02/20/2021 | ionicons-v5-c13: 23 | . |

Washington, USA – The President of the USA, Joe bidendeclared a « major disaster » in Texas, one of the states hardest hit by the storm that has caused at least 59 deaths in the country, and decided to allocate federal assistance to support state and local efforts to recover affected areas.

The White House announced this Saturday in a statement that the president adopted the decision on Friday, making it immediately available to more than 70 counties federal resources.

The storms that have ravaged Texas in recent days millions of users have been left in the dark, although it has been gradually reestablishing the power supply, Y public water systems collapsed in different areas.

« Assistance may include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster, » said the note.

The resources, the release added, « are also available to eligible state and local governments and certain private non-profit organizations on a cost-sharing basis. »

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This Friday, the governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, informed that his « immediate » priority is to continue in the tasks of restoring electrical energy in homes, which he clarified is no longer due to the lack of generation but to the fall of lines or the need for manual reconnection of the service.

Another urgent task to undertake is to restore the water service, for which mobile liquid analysis laboratories have been set up, the licenses of dozens of local plumbers have been renewed and the arrival of others from nearby areas is being coordinated.

Abbott confirmed that they have delivered more than 1.7 million bottles of water to communities, in many of which the recommendation to boil the water they receive through the pipes remains in effect.

In the wake of the storm, Louisiana and Oklahoma also issued federal disaster declarations, making it easier for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to move equipment and resources to those areas.