While power has been restored for millions of Texans who had been without it in the bitter cold, the nightmare of the devastating winter storm isn’t over.
Millions don’t have safe water at home, and residents looking for groceries or bottled water said they arrived to stores with bare shelves and long lines.
When firefighters arrived at a fire at a San Antonio-area apartment building Thursday, their efforts were hampered by frozen hydrants. Crews had to shuttle in water to try to get the blaze, which displaced dozens, under control.
The Electric Reliability Council of Texas, or ERCOT — which oversees about 90 percent of the state’s energy production — said Friday that emergency conditions are expected to end after no more outages were needed Thursday night.
“There is enough generation on the electric system to allow us to begin to return to more normal operating conditions,” Director Dan Woodfin said in a statement.
More than 14 million people were under orders Friday to boil tap water in the wake of the punishing winter weather that began a week ago and has paralyzed the state, caused frozen and burst water mains and residential pipes, and created chaos for water treatment facilities, according to spokesperson for the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.