Abbott declares power system winterization a legislative emergency
Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday called for the legislature to mandate and secure funding for the winterization of Texas' power system.
In addition, the he said he is requesting a major disaster declaration — which includes Individual assistance, public assistance and the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program — from the White House. This declaration will allow eligible Texans to apply for assistance to help address broken pipes and related property damage. Abbott previously requested a Federal Emergency Declaration from the White House which was granted by President Joe Biden on Sunday.
Power has been restored to nearly 2 million homes across Texas since Wednesday's briefing. This number continues to climb, and there are no more outages due to a lack of generation. Every available repair truck in Texas has been dispatched to address downed power lines that are causing continued outages, according to a news relase from the governor's office.