President Joe Biden will visit the state of Texas, one of the most affected by the winter storm that has hit the south of the country for days and, as a result of the cold wave, is currently mired in a serious energy crisis .
The president, accompanied by the first lady, Jill Biden, will travel next Friday, February 26, to the city of Houston, the largest city in Texas, details an official statement released on Tuesday.
The president will meet with local leaders to discuss the winter storm “
Jen Psaki, White House spokeswoman.
“We remain in close contact with state and local authorities to monitor the situation,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki at a press conference. “On Friday the president and the first lady will travel to Houston. The president will meet with local leaders to discuss the winter storm, the steps needed for recovery, and the incredible resilience shown by the people of Texas. “
The situation in Texas has been especially dire because extreme cold, in a normally warm state, led to an exponential increase in demand that led to the collapse of the system.
About four million people in Texas – and hundreds of thousands more in southern states like Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Kentucky, West Virginia and Virginia – were without power this week due to the impact of the storm.
Part of the residents of the state of Texas are still without access to running water or electricity since the blackouts began throughout the state on Sunday, February 14, 2021. The images show how they use candles, flashlights and electric generators and take advantage of even the water in the pools. The authorities have arranged shelters for the needy and delivery of water. Several lawmakers have reached out to help.
Last Friday, President Biden approved a “major disaster” declaration for Texas, making federal funds available to people throughout the state, including assistance with temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans.
During his visit, the president, who has made the fight against the pandemic the focus of his first 100 days in office, will take the opportunity to visit a vaccine distribution center against COVID-19.
One of the impacts of the cold wave has been that it has hindered the distribution of drugs, thus hindering the vaccination process against the coronavirus, at a time when the United States registers more than a thousand deaths from COVID-19 every day, which led the country to surpass on Monday the “truly disheartening mark” – in Biden’s words – of the 500,000 victims of the pandemic.