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Texas Airlifts Water With Ice Covering Roads: Energy Update

People at a make-shift warming shelter at Travis Park Methodist Church, in San Antonio on Feb. 16.

People at a make-shift warming shelter at Travis Park Methodist Church, in San Antonio on Feb. 16.

Photographer: Eric Gay/AP Photo
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The Texas power grid has returned to normal operations as a historic cold blast eases, but the impact of the deep freeze is still leaving towns without water, homes yet to be reconnected to electricity supplies and highways chocked with ice and snow.

Texas emergency officials are airlifting pallets of bottled water to cities and towns where water supplies were knocked out or disrupted by this week’s widespread power failures. About 1,000 of the state’s 7,000 local water utilities were offline or unable to ensure supplies were fit for human consumption as of Friday afternoon. More than 140,000 homes and businesses were still in the dark.