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Biden tours Texas devastation after historic winter storm

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President Biden toured an emergency management hub while Dr. Jill Biden helped pack boxes at a food bank during their visit to Texas in the aftermath of deadly winter storms. Janet Shamlian reports.

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- And we're going to turn now to President Biden's visit to Texas today. The president wanted to get a firsthand look at the destruction from last week's deadly storms and offer support to Texans who have been struggling to find food, water, and shelter. Here CBS's Janet Shamlian.

JANET SHAMLIAN: Tonight the Biden administration's first trip to a state devastated by disaster. The president and first lady welcomed by Governor Greg Abbott and other leaders.

Last week's arctic blast left millions without heat and running water across several states.

- My ceiling just caved in in their bedroom.

JANET SHAMLIAN: But Texas bore the brunt. The president toured the region's emergency management hub learning workers slept on floors and in stairwells during the height of the storm.

JOE BIDEN: You're saving people lives. You're doing it. As my mother would say, you're doing God's work.

JANET SHAMLIAN: Dr. Jill Biden helped pack boxes at the Houston Food Bank where demand has surged since the freeze, later joined by the president.

JOE BIDEN: Got a lot of food to separate.

JANET SHAMLIAN: The state is still struggling. More than half a million are under boil water advisories, and thousands are without water.

- And severe weather.

JANET SHAMLIAN: Texas lawmakers slammed the state's energy grid operator in hearings this week for its handling of the outages.

- This is the largest trainwreck in the history of deregulated electricity.

JANET SHAMLIAN: President Biden didn't address those issues, ending the trip but FEMA's mass vaccination site, now giving 6,000 shots a day.

JOE BIDEN: When a crisis hits our states, like the one that hit Texas, it's not a Republican or Democratic that's hurting, it's our fellow Americans who are hurting. And it's our job to help everyone in need.

JANET SHAMLIAN: And in his remarks tonight, President Biden revealing a bit of personal information. He said that he always carries with him a piece of paper that has on it the current tally of Americans vaccinated, Nora.

- Janet Shamlian, thank you.