Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the Texas Military Department have deployed the National Guard to conduct welfare checks on residents, as the state continues to battle bitter cold and a winter storm, according to a news release from his office.
State officials are also sending resources to assist local municipalities clear roadways and assist health care personnel and power grid workers, the release said.
The state has opened 135 warming centers as more than 3 million residents contend with power outages and heating concerns, according to the release.
“Due to the severe weather and freezing temperatures across our state, many power companies have been unable to generate power, whether it’s from coal, natural gas, or wind power,” Abbott said in the release.
“ERCOT and the PUC are working non-stop to restore power supply. The state has also deployed resources to assist Texans without power and to help essential workers continue to carry out their jobs. In the meantime, I encourage all Texans to continue to stay off the roads, and conserve energy as state agencies work with private providers to restore power as quickly as possible,” he added.
Meanwhile, the city of Fort Worth, Texas, has issued a boil water notice for residents living in the north side of the city, according to a Facebook post from the Fort Worth Water Department.
The order comes after a power outage at the Eagle Mountain Treatment Plant and a subsequent loss of water pressure.