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From the office of Charles Perry, Texas State Senator District 26
Below is an update on the aftereffects of the winter storm, how to help get your community assistance and a statement from Texas State Senator Charles Perry on the state of our electrical grid.
The good news is that the White House approved Public Assistance for Emergency Protective Measures in all 254 Texas counties.
The bad news is that Individual Assistance was only approved for 77 Texas counties, Garza County not included.
While the state is working to get all 254 counties included for Individual Assistance, you need to fill out the survey on the Texas Disaster Impacts page so we can help show the White House how bad the damage really is to get your county included.
Your County Judge or Emergency Management Coordinator will be doing something similar for the public infrastructure that was damaged during this storm. They are also turning in State of Texas Assistance Requests (STAR) for local needs, whether that is bottled water shipments, food distribution, or generators and fuel. Distribution sites run by local jurisdictions are reimbursable under the disaster declaration.
Many of you are still on a boil water notice. There are about 1,400 water systems or 15 million people that were impacted by this storm. Local governments are working around the clock to get their water systems running normally again. It takes 24 hours for the labs to confirm water quality is back to normal when the water system is fixed.
Positive stories of neighbors helping neighbors are starting to emerge and they are inspiring. The people of Texas are resilient, and we will come out of this stronger.We will also hold the people that failed us accountable. There will be more updates on this later.
Lastly, if you see scams or price gouging taking place, report it to the Texas Attorney General immediately at https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/consumer-protection. It is absolutely unacceptable for anyone to do this during these difficult times. These individuals will be punished to the fullest extent of the law.