Texans share stories of freezing cold temps and their attempts to protect their kids
For the last several days, more than 3 million Texans went without power, and almost as many were without water as freezing cold pipes burst in homes across the state. As Texans struggle to warm their homes and provide food for their families, many are taking to social media to sharing how bad it’s gotten as parents scramble to keep their children warm.
Just for reference, it’s so cold in Texas that for the limited households with running water… the faucets are producing icicles — not water.
Most of Texas is affected by the cold weather and for parents, it’s even harder as they struggle to provide for their families. Since Monday, millions of families have gone without power, water, and fridges full of now-spoiled food
Being without electricity for over 24 hours and having 2 kids is horrible in #Texas. My 2 kids both woke up sick even though I put 3 layers on them and 4 blankets to sleep. These power outages are unacceptable. Do better.
— Caro (@wbitd) February 16, 2021
“Being without electricity for over 24 hours and having 2 kids is horrible in #Texas. My 2 kids both woke up sick even though I put 3 layers on them and 4 blankets to sleep. These power outages are unacceptable. Do better,” wrote one frustrated mom on Twitter.
Power was out all night and day. We got it back for like 30min to an hour and then was gone again. Its freezing and my whole family is lying in the same bed trying to share warmth. At least the neighborhood kids are having fun sledding outside lol #texaswinterstorm #Texas
— fifo⁷ (@TricksterFiFi) February 16, 2021
One family even had to burn their kid’s wooden domino set to provide fuel for the fire.
— GOP Failed Texas (@HallYeah73) February 17, 2021
There are stories of parents staying awake all night just to keep stoking the fire, with one dad sharing that despite his efforts, the house was still 48F.
A brief respite of power now at 2am, and God willing it holds for a while. I've been up keeping the fire; despite my efforts, the house had dropped to 48F. Kids are snug in sleeping bags under heavy blankets. Wife is w baby, pets are OK.#Texas #poweroutage #winter2021
— Brian Shef (@briguy4588) February 16, 2021
Many are doing what they can and are still freezing cold.
Yeah, we’re sleeping on the floor in the living room with the fireplace and all the blankets. We have the kid in a sleeping bag in the middle. It should get above freezing later so we’re gonna go for a drive and get warm/charge phones. No word on when we’ll get power back tho— dichromaniac (@dichromaniac) February 16, 2021
We don’t have to use our @PendletonWM blankets very often in Southeast Texas, but I’m glad I’ve got a few to keep the kids warm. Just passed the 42 hour mark (and still counting)with no power and most of that time has been below freezing. #txwx pic.twitter.com/19W0yk4t61
— Jace Walters (@JaceWalters) February 17, 2021
One dad shared the horrifying story of having to drive his kid to the ER during the storm, across frozen streets, only to learn that even the hospital was out of water.
Last night, after we’d lost power & my pipes burst, my toddler choked on a peanut in our dark house. We rushed him across town on icy roads for emergency surgery at a hospital that does not have enough water pressure to flush toilets.
Texas is a disaster. https://t.co/LPFsmiKnTl
— Mike Hixenbaugh (@Mike_Hixenbaugh) February 17, 2021
CNN reports that by Thursday, February 18, 2021 power outages were starting to improve, but just barely, as the ongoing cold and storm is expected to cause rotating outages over the next couple of days. Since last Thursday, 16 Texans have died due to the extreme weather. Also, nearly 7 million Texans were under boil-water notices, which means that Texans aren’t advised to consume any water without boiling it first — only problem is, most don’t have water or the water has frozen over or there’s no power to boil it.
For my non-Texans, it’s hard to convey how f’d our state is. It’s barely broken freezing since Sunday. Half of Austin has been almost entirely w/out heat or power for 2.5 days. Water pressure is dropping and there’s a boil notice but half the city has no power to boil. Thread🧵⤵️
— Conor Kenny 🏘 (@ConorKenny) February 18, 2021
We mostly heat our homes w/ nat gas here but furnaces need electricity, so they’re out. Once buildings got cold pipes started breaking all over town. Folks dripped their faucets but now there’s not enough pressure for that. Mains are breaking w/ water running down the street. 2/— Conor Kenny (@ConorKenny) February 18, 2021
For families with the privilege to stay in a hotel, that is an option, however, most hotels in the area are already full and many hotels are reporting power loss too.
The upcoming weather report looks to provide some relief for families as the power grid gets back online, though many families still need support. Today reports that for households looking for a warming center or a place to stay, the local Red Cross is the best option.