Texas Snow Situation Recovery

Akshata Tiwari, Copy Editor

Texans spent the last month huddled up in blankets waiting out the snowstorm. Trying to keep the fireplace going, their electricity bills skyrocketed. The lowest temperatures of eight degrees Celsius, along with large amounts of snow not only worried Texas residents for their safety but for future damage as well. After the devastating weather let up, warmer temperatures and open stores have helped to reduce one aspect of the residents’ worries. Unfortunately, the financial and house troubles will not simply fade away after the storm is no longer featured in the media.

Many people still find their houses entirely out of shape. Burst plumbing lines, soggy walls, and lacking water utilities provide costly repairs for the homeowners. Some were shocked to find their houses inhabitable: the rooms had become a pond, while the furniture contained mold. 

However, President Biden’s statement of the disaster in Texas provides relief to several families. Additionally, several Texans can apply for federal assistance to help them recover. However, before doing so the families should field claims through existing policies, as they can’t receive help for the same damage in a home. If Texans try to receive aid for overlapping damage, it would be considered insurance fraud; on the other hand, Texans without insurance can directly apply for federal aid.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (F.E.M.A.) also reimburses people who stayed in hotels or rentals due to the storm. Financial assistance for necessities such as heat and damages to the furniture and other household items is also provided. Overall, this relief service provides state funding, assistance, and charities to help the impacted residents out. 

While the state has received the help needed to bring a sense of normalcy, Texas still remains under caution and recovery must continue. According to an article by vox.com, seven million Texas residents are required to boil their water to rid bacteria before they drink it. 

As of mid-march, Texas has fared relatively well. The cold weather is no longer a threat, as the state has approached the high eighties, and more stores have reopened. However, the issue of fixing repairs and replacing homes continues to be a major concern for most of the population.