February 21 The water and electricity supply in southern Texas, the United States, which suffered from a rare winter storm, gradually returned to normal on the 21st.
In response to the sky-high electricity bill reported by residents, Texas administration ordered a temporary ban on suppliers from sending bills to users.
According to the website monitoring the national power supply, as of the evening of the 21st local time, the number of power outages across Texas had dropped to about 19,000 households, and the water supply situation was also improving.
The Texas Public Utilities Commission ordered on the 21st to suspend the water and power outages of suppliers to residents who do not pay the utilities on time, and prohibit suppliers from sending electricity bills to users until management finds a solution to the financial problem.
The committee preceded the two orders, Texas Governor Abbott held an emergency meeting with state legislators to discuss the sky-high bill.
Speaking at a press conference on the 21st, Abbott said that solving the sky-high bill problem is “the top priority for the current Texas legislature”.
The Texas Legislature will meet as soon as possible to discuss this issue.
Winter storms began to be hit in parts of Texas on the night of the 14th.
On the morning of the 15th, nearly 2.5 million households were out of power, and the number rose to 4 million on the 16th.
As electricity gradually resumed, some Texas residents recently received sky-high bills.
According to U.S. media reports, some residents’ electricity bill for five days is as high as $17,000.