After a deadly storm, some Texans must change electric providers while others still don't have water

After a deadly storm, some Texans must change electric providers while others still don't have water

(CNN) For many Texans, basic necessities like clean running water and a stable electricity provider may seem like a pipe dream right now. At least 29 Texans were killed during the storm. That's more than half of the 56 weather-related deaths nationally. While most Texas now have power, some of their electric providers will no longer be available. And more than 7 million people have water disruptions, including warnings to boil water before using it or having no running water at all. The frigid weather caused power use to skyrocket and forced several retail electric providers to leave the market, said Andrew Barlow, spokesperson for the Public Utilities Commission. It's not clear how many customers will need to move to new power companies. But across Texas, skyrocketing energy costs have led to astronomical electric bills. After the first two weeks of February, she was automatically charged $1,346.17 -- which was more than she had in her checking account. "This whole thing has been a nightmare," she told KPRC. Hosford told the station she chose to pay wholesale for power, an …
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