EXCLUSIVE VIDEO: "We warm up in the cars because we don't have electricity at homes" Resident of Houston speaks out about the situation in Texas
Amid the nearly catastrophic state of Texas with its weather collapse, the Federal News Agency attempted to learn firsthand how the citizens of the State handle the unexpected cold and contacted a resident of Houston City, Texas, Robyn Visage.
When she was asked about the weather in Texas, Robyn said that as of Wednesday, the temperature was currently about thirty degrees and the lowest temperature the state had was about minus twelve degrees.
During the entire interview, Mrs. Visage was speaking from inside of her car, which she explained as at that moment there was no power inside her house, and about 4 a.m. the pipes burst in her house and flooded her downstairs.
“It’s currently forty-three degrees inside my house. And we have current freezing rain going on, so it’s just a total disaster.”
She added that she must constantly go from the house to her car for heat and to charge her mobile phone. “It’s just crazy, there’s no service,” she said.
“Yesterday when we were having lunch in my house and we could literally see the breath coming out of our mouth. So that’s how cold it is inside of our house. There’s no electricity, no power, nothing.”
Answering why the electricity is shut off and why the Texas power systems failed, Visage said that still sitting in the car she was trying to get information to update some news from the social media but the community services said they were going to do “sort of these rolling blackouts.”
The power is given literally for a short time and then it goes off.
“We are about over 24 hours without power,” she said, “and there’s been several people that hadn’t have it. Basically, this is our third day. I’m not really sure what's going on, there are a lot of angry people here. Texans, we are just not set up to live like this”
Why Texas' energy grid is unable to handle the winter storms. https://t.co/RJf8uIB4sy— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 19, 2021
“They are asking everyone to conserve energy, but most people I know they have no power to conserve. And I’m not sure what’s gonna happen, we don’t know when it’s gonna even come back or turn on.”
“It’s kinda hard to hear services and see what’s going on. There was a picture, somebody had posted on Facebook, that downtown Houston was just lit up like a Christmas tree, and our leaders are telling us to conserve power.”
Federal News Agency then asked whether it was due to the closure of coal-fired power plants and the sources of "green" power?
“Well, I’ve just heard a little bit about a green new deal. I know a lot of the wind turbines, they are frozen, aren’t working. And there has been speculation that this is the result of some of that, I don’t know hundred percent if that’s completely why.”
Dear Texas Politicians... pic.twitter.com/1NPMd0vXwc— Doc ???? (@DocAtCDI) February 19, 2021
The next question was about the number of people who could possibly die because of the eerie conditions.
“I don’t know the total fatalities yet,” Mrs. Visage said. “But Galveston, which is about two hours south from me, they’re ordering refrigeration trucks to put bodies in, and I have heard that there were ten reported deaths last night. But I’m sure there is more.”
Telling about what the local government does to handle the situation and if there are some warning posts, Robyn Visage said that some of the grocery stores are trying to stay open but there are freezing issues on the road, so it’s the government’s liability to get the people to work.
“The government, I don’t know, there are some what they call warming stations here. People have opened up their businesses, churches, and things like that. But if you don’t know where to go, you don’t have electricity, I don’t know how you find out where to go to these warming stations.”
While power has been restored for millions of Texans, millions still 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. https://t.co/DqpHNzaP76— NBC News (@NBCNews) February 19, 2021
The FNA asked about what is going on with the social institutes like schools, nursing homes, and others.
“I don’t know much about the nursing homes, I do have a friend that’s a nurse, and she’s been at the hospital for three days straight. Seeing her post, I just saw that everybody was very tired and tired of being away from their families. As for our schools go, our schools are closed through Thursday. Here is I do think when the weather is supposed to be better this weekend.”
Officials in Texas say the winter storm that knocked out power and water to millions of residents is providing an opportunity for some unscrupulous merchants to take advantage of the situation by charging exorbitant prices for essential supplies.https://t.co/AY9ZjFgq8I— ABC 7 News - WJLA (@ABC7News) February 19, 2021
And the last question was about how President Biden reacted to the situation in Texas. This question put an ironic bitter smile on Mrs. Visage’s face.
“Ooh, Joe Biden,” she drawled out. “I haven’t heard that the ole president talks about it. So I have not heard any words from Joe Biden. Not sure about the President, what he’s doing, what he thinks about it.”
Recall, that as of Thursday, a power outage in Texas dropped below 1 million with more than 600,000 houses and businesses without electricity. There were about 30 deaths reported.
Texas without heating.— Insider Paper (@TheInsiderPaper) February 19, 2021
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"We never thought this could happen in Texas" - Eder and Claudia Lemus of San Antonio TX were among those who've suffered through the failings of their State's electrical grid. "We're just hoping it doesn't get worse."— Michael Holmes (@holmescnn) February 19, 2021
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