Texas homes flooded amid freezing temperatures

A pipe burst in the ceiling above the master bedroom of Cypress resident Noel Zepeda on Tuesday (February 16).

"We had intermittent water flow and it would come out brown from the sinks," Zepeda told Reuters on Thursday (February 18).

Zepeda said the pipe has not been fixed yet. He had to scrape ice and snow from outside to have some water.

The Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), a cooperative responsible for 90% of the state's electricity, said in a statement that it had made "significant progress" in restoring electricity to homes. It did not provide figures.

The crisis that has gripped the country's second-largest state was set to continue, however, with millions of people still without access to water, many struggling to find food, and freezing temperatures expected through Saturday (February 20).

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