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Abbott says electricity is being restored but water remains a challenge
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Thursday that access to clean drinking water remained an issue even as electricity was restored. He plans to apply for a major federal disaster declaration to unlock emergency funds.
Since our press conference yesterday, electricity has been restored to nearly two million homes across Texas. There are around 325,000 Texans left without power. However, those without electricity are not due to the lack of capacity to generate power. Instead, those without power are affected by downed power lines or the need to manually reconnect premises to power. I also had a call earlier today with water suppliers to work on additional ways to speed up the supply of drinking water in Texas. We are, as we speak, in the process of evaluating the exemptions, as well as the decrees, that can be used to speed up this process. I make a formal request to the president for a declaration of major disaster. If granted, it will give Texans the opportunity to request individual assistance from FEMA. This individual assistance will help them finance the repair of damage to their home as they are not covered by private insurance. Now we know from the storm that will continue to sweep parts of Texas tonight that we are not out of it yet, but we are closer to that challenge behind us. We will not stop until normalcy is restored to your lives.
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