During the President’s Day storm that blew across Texas, much attention was paid to the power outages that hit homeowners, renters and businesses across the state. At its peak, what some refer to now as Winter Storm Uri left some 4.5 million Texans without electricity and heat as temperatures dropped to the teens and below. Some Texans were without power for as long as three days.
And the resulting electric outages contributed to water service disruptions for 12 million Texans.
That same week, 996 facilities for older and intellectually disabled Texans reported weather-related problems, according to records released to Texas Standard by the Texas Department of Health and Human Services. There are a total of 4,046 facilities across Texas.