Two 8-year-old girls among 25 storm-related deaths in Harris County

HOUSTON – Texans are still recovering from the historic and devastating winter storm.

While many are dealing with property damages related to busted pipes, dozens of families are struggling with a much heavier burden: The loss of a loved one.

Throughout Greater Houston, at least 25 people have died from the effects of the storm. The majority of them were over the age of 50, and all but five died of hypothermia in the extreme temperatures.

Most deaths occurred inside homes or apartments, while others died at hospitals. One person died in a backyard shed, another died in a parking lot.

GenderRaceAgeDeath DateCause of DeathContributing FactorsLocation
MaleWhite522/13Accident - HypothermiaEnvironmental exposureHospital ER - Houston
MaleHispanic512/15Accident - HypothermiaEnvironmental exposureGrassy area outside - Houston
FemaleUnclearAdult2/16Accident - Carbon monoxide toxicityCar left running inside a closed garageResidence - Houston
FemaleUnclear82/16Accident - Carbon monoxide toxicityCar left running inside a closed garageResidence - Houston
FemaleBlack842/16Accident - Hypothermia-Environmental exposure
-Hypertensive cardiovascular disease
-Pulmonary emboli
-Dementia
-Seizure disorder
Residence - Houston
MaleWhite752/16Accident - Hypothermia-Environmental exposure
-Hypertensive & atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
-Diabetes mellitus
-COPD
Residence - Houston
MaleBlack612/16Accident - Hypothermia-Environmental exposure
-Chronic ethanolism
-Hepatitis C
-Hepatic cirrhosis
-Heptocellular carcinoma
-COPD
-Dementia
Residence - Houston
FemaleBlack692/16Accident - Hypothermia-Environmental exposure
-Hypertensive cardiovascular disease
-Pancytopenia
-Bradycardia
-Hyperparathyroidism
-Adrenal insufficiency
Apartment - Houston
MaleHispanic602/16Accident - Hypothermia-Environmental exposure
-Chronic ethanol abuse
Apartment - Houston
MaleBlack812/16Accident - Hypothermia-Environmental exposure
-Hypertensive cardiovascular disease
-Diabetes mellitus
Residence - Houston
FemaleBlack882/16Accident - Hypothermia-Environmental exposure
-Hypertensive & atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
-COPD
LBJ Hospital
MaleWhite862/16Accident - Hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseaseFall on ice that resulted in blunt trauma of torso with a lumbar spine fractureMemorial Hermann in Memorial City
FemaleWhite872/17Accident - Hypothermia-Environmental exposure
-Dementia
Residence - Houston
FemaleHispanic82/17Accident - Carbon monoxide toxicityIn closed residence with gas combustion generator in attached/enclosed garageResidence - Houston
MaleHispanic492/17Accident - Carbon monoxide toxicityIn closed residence with gas combustion generator in attached/enclosed garageResidence - Houston
MaleBlack712/17Accident - Hypothermia-Environmental exposure
-Hypertensive atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
Residence - Crosby
FemaleWhite972/17Accident - Hypothermia-Environmental exposure
-Diabetes mellitus
-Hypertensive cardiovascular disease
Apartment - Houston
MaleBlack762/17Accident - Hypothermia-Environmental exposure
-Hypertensive cardiovascular disease
-Diabetes mellitus
-Obesity
Backyard shed - Houston
FemaleBlack862/17Accident - Hypothermia-Environmental Exposure
-Hypertensive cardiovascular disease
Houston
FemaleHispanic792/18Accident - Hypothermia-Environmental Exposure
-Lung Carcinoma
Houston
MaleWhite482/18Accident - Hypothermia-Environmental Exposure
-COVID-19
-Cerebral palsy
-Seizure disorder
Houston
FemaleHispanic432/18Accident - Hypothermia-Environmental Exposure
-Chronic alcoholism with cirrhosis
-Hypertensive cardiovascular disease
Houston
FemaleBlack772/18Accident - Hypothermia-Environmental exposure
-Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
Front of Church - Houston
MaleBlack612/19Accident - Hypothermia-Environmental exposure
-Congestive cardiomyopathy due to hypertensive cardiovascular disease and chronic ethnolism with hepatic cirrhosis
Commercial parking lot - Houston
FemaleWhite872/20Accident - Hypothermia-Environmental exposure
-Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease
Residence - Houston

The deaths, along with the lengthy power outages and the other losses people are dealing with, have caused outrage among local and state communities, who are demanding answers from ERCOT, CenterPoint and other parties. ERCOT is the agency charged with managing most of the power grid in Texas. It’s also the agency that mandated blackouts that left millions of Texans in the dark and cold for days during last week’s winter storm.

As a result, five board members of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas announced they would resign Wednesday. State lawmakers have already announced an investigation of the agency. Lawsuits have also been filed against the agency.


About the Author:

Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli has been a digital news editor at KPRC 2 since 2018. She is a published poet and has background in creative writing and journalism. Daniela has covered events like Hurricane Harvey and the Astros World Series win. In her spare time, Daniela is an avid reader and loves to spend time with her two miniature dachshunds.