Texans now face a water crisis after enduring days without power

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Jacob Duran prepares wood for a grill on Feb. 18. Duran has been cooking meals outside after his apartment lost power. Credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

On Friday, as the ice melted and lights flickered back on in homes and businesses across the state, Texans were melting snow into their toilet tanks and mopping up water from busted pipes.

The state’s power outage disaster had firmly transitioned into a water crisis.

The state’s power grid operators declared the worst is behind us, as most Texans have their power restored and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas is no longer calling for forced outages. They said residents can resume normal consumption of electricity.