President Joe Biden has declared a major disaster in Texas. The severe winter storm has left millions of people without power amid freezing temperatures.
The President’s action makes federal funding available to communities across 77 counties. Additional disaster designations may be made after further damage assessments.
In a statement, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said, “I thank President Biden for his assistance as we respond to impacts of winter weather across our state. While this partial approval is an important first step, Texas will continue to work with our federal partners to ensure all eligible Texans have access to the relief they need.”
As of Saturday morning, Texas reported about 74,000 power outages across the state.
Boil water notices remain in effect across 189 counties after more than 1,300 public water systems have reported disruptions in service due to the weather.