How in the world has this happened?
Texas, one of the nation’s proudest states when it comes to energy production, has just failed their citizens in the most basic of ways, as power companies in several major cities have overworked their grids. Now, in the midst of bitter cold and wintry conditions, and with another storm on the way, there is no power to be had in several locales.
Terrifyingly, this swath of dark, desolate Texas includes sensitive locations such as nursing homes and hospitals.
St. David’s South Austin Medical Center is suffering from a loss of water pressure and heat and is taking several steps to get water to the hospital, officials said Wednesday evening.
In an email, David Huffstutler, CEO of St. David’s HealthCare, said the facility’s boiler depends on water, contributing to falling temperatures inside.
The water issue is also impacting “a number of other hospitals in the area,” he said.
“Because this is a state-wide emergency situation that is also impacting other hospitals within the Austin area, no one hospital currently has the capacity to accept transport of a large number of patients,” the statement said.
The email did not say which other facilities are facing problems. But officials with Ascension Seton Southwest Hospital, in Southwest Austin, said they are also facing intermittent issues with water pressure. Effective immediately, the hospital is rescheduling elective surgeries to preserve bed capacity and personnel, according to a statement from Ascension Seton.
Some in the state have begun boiling snow to create potable water, on account of the fact that 7 million Texans are still under a boil advisory for tap water.