Biden to Visit Houston, Texas, on Friday After Deadly Winter Storm

Residents line up in their vehicles to enter a warming center and shelter after record-breaking winter temperatures, as local media reports most residents are without electricity, in Galveston, Texas, U.S., February 17, 2021. Adrees Latif | Reuters

President Biden said he will travel to Houston, Texas on Friday. He will be joined by first lady Jill Biden.

The presidential trip comes after a deadly winter storm that hit a large swath of the country and battered Texas with snow and subfreezing temperatures. The state issued its first ever winter storm warning.

Biden approved a major disaster declaration for Texas on Saturday, the Federal Emergency Management Agency announced, after the state’s vulnerable electric grid had failed, leaving millions without power, heat or water. Power has since been restored in much of the state, but many remain without clean water.

The action unlocked federal funding for individuals in Texas, grants for temporary housing and home repairs and low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses after extensive damage across the state.

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SOURCE: CNBC, Christian Nunley

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