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Gov. Greg Abbott Outlines Efforts To Get Texans Back On Track Following Winter Storms' Impact

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Governor Greg Abbott said Friday, Feb. 19, he and other Texas leaders are focused on four priorities as the state begins to thaw out after winter storms with record-low temperatures and some 4 million Texans losing power.

Video Transcript

More help on the way to help Texans in the aftermath of the winter storms. Governor Greg Abbott just finished his update. You saw it right here on CBS 11. Doug, what are some of the big takeaways today?

DOUG DUNBAR: He says that they are waiting for the Biden administration to go ahead and approve the major disaster declaration. It's going to happen President Biden says that he will approve that declaration once he sees it, and that is basically going to then trigger Texans who need help with recovery and repairs financially. The governor also outlined several priorities in the state that they're working on today. First and foremost at the top pipes and water, it's a huge issue everywhere. We know homeowners dealing with broken pipes. Some are still frozen even as of this afternoon. And as the temperature now begins to warm up those pipes could thaw and then burst. The state is clearing the way to bring in plumbers to help from out of state companies with help for the flood of calls that are coming in to make repairs. They simply don't have enough manpower.

And the division of Emergency Management today is being utilized or is utilizing aircraft, airplanes to bring in bottled water also to areas where the water is out since roads have been tough to utilize.

GOV GREG ABBOT: Other state agencies are working around the clock to restore power and water, and to ensure that you have the food and supplies that you need. I want to reassure you that we are using every single tool at our disposal to make sure that your needs are going to be met.

DOUG DUNBAR: The governor says that crews are in the finishing process right now of restoring power to about 165,000 homes. That's what's left. He says there are no more outages right now, Brooke, due to the generation of power and as we all know now that was what was at the heart of what we all had to deal with all through the week with power outages. Brooke.