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Help From FEMA Deployed To Areas Of North Texas Hit Hard By Winter Storms

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Federal help is being deployed to areas of North Texas hit hard by the recent winter storms. All this comes as Gov. Greg Abbott is advising on next steps for homeowners as we begin to thaw out.

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- Help from FEMA is being deployed to hard-hit areas here in North Texas, but the supplies are already here. And all of this is coming as Governor Greg Abbott is advising on next steps for homeowners as we begin to slowly thaw out. Our Ken Molestina with the key takeaway points from both the governor, as well as FEMA.

KEN MOLESTINA: One thing you can count on are more headaches before this entire event is finally over. The thawing out, which will begin in the coming days, could uncover more issues for North Texans already left stranded without power, gas, or water. Governor Greg Abbott recently giving advice on what to do now.

GREG ABBOTT: Begin to work with a plumber. Get plumbers lined up and work with your insurance company in advance.

KEN MOLESTINA: He says burst pipes will continue to be an issue, and they are working to bring in out-of-state insurance adjusters and plumbers. State officials will also give temporary licenses to those plumbers who haven't completed their continuing-education hours in the last two years.

GREG ABBOTT: We're trying to make sure that we will have as many plumbers available as possible to help everybody deal with their plumbing challenges.

KEN MOLESTINA: Meanwhile, the Federal Emergency Management Agency tells us they have hundreds of thousands of liters of water, tens of thousands of blankets, and more than 220,000 meals ready to go. Those supplies are currently staged in a Fort Worth distribution center.

EARL ARMSTRONG: We've deployed a staging management team from Atlanta to come to Texas to support the severe winter response. That's scheduled to arrive in Texas sometime today.

KEN MOLESTINA: FEMA spokesman Earl Armstrong is also dispelling online rumors that they're currently reimbursing displaced Texans' hotel bills. He says that is not the case under the current emergency declaration protocol.

EARL ARMSTRONG: --posting that's on Facebook right now that is totally not FEMA. That is somebody else. Don't-- no. Don't respond to that, because that is not FEMA, and we're not doing housing right now.

KEN MOLESTINA: I'm Ken Molestina, CBS 11 News.