Headline RoundupFebruary 19th, 2021

Storms Create Clean Water Crisis in Texas

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The rare winter storms that have battered Texas and other southern states this week have led to a clean water crisis. Roughly 13 million Texas residents — nearly half the state's population — were told to boil their water as a precaution this week, amid concerns about contaminants and after hundreds of millions of gallons of clean water were lost in the state due to frozen and burst pipes. Many of the millions of Texans who lost power earlier this week have since regained it, but roughly 190,000 remained in the dark as of early Friday. Outlets on all sides reported on the storms, the lack of clean water, and the affected communities. Some right-rated sources focused on Gov. Greg Abbott's (R) calls for winterizing Texas' power supplies and restoring clean water access. Many left-rated sources also highlighted Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R), who took criticism for vacationing to Mexico amid the crisis.

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