The struggle of the massive winter storm continues throughout large portions of the United States.
Texas, the state arguably dealing with the weather the worst, has finally restored power to millions, but the fallout of the state's policies continues to haunt them.
There was no better illustration than a road in the aptly named city of Texarkana. The city is split by the Texas/Arkansas border.
In the tweet below, the left side of the image is Texarkana, TX, while the right side is Texarkana, AR.
I shot some drone footage of Stateline Rd in Texarkana. AR has their side cleared but TX side is snow packed. https://t.co/aZp9Jpcuwq— Charles Peek (@Charles Peek)1613516208.0
The drone footage captures the simple matter that caused Texas of all the states hit by the winter storm to buckle under the pressure. The state was completely unprepared for winter weather.
This is despite the fact the state faced a similar storm in 2011 and has had the last decade to make changes to the infrastructure. Republicans have been in power in the state during that time.
It's reported Texas has only 30 snowplows for the entire state, leaving this portion of Texarkana stuck in their snow.
The video shocked many who saw it.
One state has snow plows. The other doesn’t. One side of this street is Texarkana, Arkansas. The other side is… https://t.co/Hu6i8ZlC3n— Rex Chapman🏇🏼 (@Rex Chapman🏇🏼)1613580229.0
Can you guess what state has snow plows? It's the AR side of State Line Ave. that's clear. The TX side is #snow co… https://t.co/2OOjGpcd6S— Mike Seidel (@Mike Seidel)1613512877.0
OK, AR, and other states in the area are experiencing the same storm. But in Texas, power outages everywhere. Roa… https://t.co/WI2dAt29Nb— Paul Ybarra (@Paul Ybarra)1613613230.0
The incompetence of Texas is astounding. https://t.co/oVPtXwmi0T— James Francis📎 (@James Francis📎)1613677845.0
While scenes like this visually illustrate the bind Texas is in, many in the state are suffering the consequences. While power has recently been restored, millions went without electricity or heat for days during the coldest days Texas has seen in recent memory.
Now that power is back on, new issues have presented themselves. Water pipes have cracked or completely broken, and roofs are collapsing under the strain of snow and rain.
A boil water notice has been issued due to compromised water filtration systems. And then the storm picked up again in the week, causing more ice and snow.
This is despite recommendations to winterize the power and utility equipment the state needs to weather this storm being given a decade prior.
A bit of preparedness for the state can go a long way.
@RHampton09 @CharlesPeekWX @weatherchannel @myARDOT That was the Dec 3, 2013 snow storm!— Dan Skoff (@Dan Skoff)1613519698.0
I’ll take “what do taxes pay for” for 500. https://t.co/TUBl2EChZl— Dr. Abdullah Al Bahrani (@Dr. Abdullah Al Bahrani)1613611884.0
This is ridiculous @GregAbbott_TX Starting to look like we need new leadership. Can’t blame this on renewable energ… https://t.co/ITB5ur2ijk— Martin Martinez (@Martin Martinez)1613607713.0
@mrshellwinger @RexChapman There are turbines here in Pa. It was 7 degrees last night not counting the wind chill.… https://t.co/SWWvLRHxJV— Night Mists 🇺🇸 🌜🌃🌌🌃🌛🇺🇸 (@Night Mists 🇺🇸 🌜🌃🌌🌃🌛🇺🇸)1613585573.0
All the while, officials such as the Texas Senator Ted Cruz have decided a trip out of the state right now was the best way to handle this situation. However, he was quickly called out on it, and forced back to help.
The state Governor Greg Abbott has likewise been ridiculed for suggesting that the policies in the Green New Deal, a proposal that isn't law or even a guideline, was to blame for the issues. This also flew in the face of the reporting from ERCOT, the council that manages Texas' power, which suggested multiple system failures, particularly in the fossil fuels that make up 80% of the power generation for the state were the cause.
The whole situation has many seeing the state officials as jokes.
Back in NY, politicians won or lost elections based on how fast they plowed the snow. https://t.co/pDxeOlr8j2— Mike Carney (@Mike Carney)1613607440.0
.... are we ready to embrace democracy yet? ... no? ... ok. https://t.co/8AHfqjEvt9— 🕊Justin Olaguer ☀️DEMOCRATIC🌎CONFEDERALIST🌻 (@🕊Justin Olaguer ☀️DEMOCRATIC🌎CONFEDERALIST🌻)1613668337.0
Definition of 'that is not my job' https://t.co/uVa2t0FB1L— Brianna Lyman (@Brianna Lyman)1613687535.0
Who needs government? Evidently, Texas. https://t.co/3SCyU3vvvj— Roger Tansey 🌊🐕🌈 (@Roger Tansey 🌊🐕🌈)1613600584.0
Despite all this, there's hope on the horizon. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortz, a Democratic House Representative from New York who often clashes with Ted Cruz, raised $1 million for relief efforts for Texas. The money will be distributed among five non-profit organizations to get ground relief to Texas citizens.
Beto O'Rourke, a former Democratic presidential candidate and former candidate for Texas Senator, is organizing wellness checks for seniors and ensuring people are safe.