Texas Death Toll Grows to Over 100 from Winter Storm

A lot of chaos has been recently happening in Texas, such as power outages and no running water. This winter has been very harsh to Texans as pipes have been frozen over, resulting in no water and power outages derived from harsh winds and other weather conditions. The winter and spring storm has destroyed ways of getting water and electricity and morale and hope, as death polls from the storm have reached over 100 deaths. 

Storm-battered areas of Texas and the surrounding states have been heavily affected. Fifty-eight people have died in these areas from hypothermia, house fires, car crashes, drownings, and carbon monoxide. Most deaths were caused by hypothermia, a medical emergency when a person loses heat faster than they can produce, resulting in very low body temperature. Since there was no electricity, people could not receive warmth from heaters. An 11-year-old boy died of hypothermia in Conroe even though he and his family were huddled close to keep warm. A woman and her seven-year-old daughter died from carbon monoxide poisoning while they were talking to a friend. Her husband and son ended up hospitalized. Hospitals have also found a hard time caring for patients as there is no filtered water and heating. Not to mention that the storm occurred amid a pandemic, where most people did not have the vaccine. Clean water was also a problem. Most people had to boil water to get rid of bacteria to make it drinkable, but that wasn’t enough. A man was hospitalized in Abilene and needed dialysis treatment, but he was unable to receive one because the treatment required a large amount of filtered water. Later on, he died. 

According to the Department of State Health Services, there was also a storm in February, located at Harris County, that killed 31 people. In Fort Worth, six people died from a 130 vehicle pile-up from the powerful winds, rain, and snow. In Travis County, 11 people died from the storm in February. Overall, about 125 people died from all across Texas. The counties that held the most deaths were Harris County and Travis County. 

The situation in Texas is frightening, but there is still hope. In early March, over 69,000 people received their power back. Running water is now available in most counties too. Although many lives have been lost, many have been saved as well.