In February 2021, a brutal winter storm battered the state, overwhelming its power grids and forcing millions of Texans to scavenge for the basic elements for survival — food, water and shelter from record cold.
Pipes burst, ceilings collapsed and belongings were destroyed. The devastation wrought by the catastrophe upended lives and ended others. In total, 246 people died as a result of the harsh conditions, with causes including hypothermia, carbon monoxide poisoning, car accidents, and fires. The victims ranged in age from less than 1 year old to 102 years old.
While the state investigated the widespread blackouts, many Texans were grappling with more pressing questions: How do I repair the damage? How do I move forward?
We want to learn more about the challenges Houston-area residents are still facing a year after the storm. Did you suffer property damage? Were you forced to make costly repairs? Did a relative or friend die in the storm? How does the storm continue to impact your life?
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