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DEEP FREEZE
    Lisa Krantz /ZUMA (bios)
zReportage.com Story of the Week #776: TUESDAY March 2, 2021: 'DEEP FREEZE' from ZUMA Press award winning San Antonio Express-News photographers, Billy Calzada, Jessica Phelps, Lisa Krantz, Wiliam Luther and Kin Man Huia: When a winter storm caused by a disruption in the polar vortex and sent temperatures to sub-freezing, critical utility services buckled under record demand. Meteorologists call this recent polar vortex that targeted Texas one of the biggest, nastiest and longest-lasting ones they've seen since vortex monitoring began the 50's. A humanitarian crisis escalated within hours of the first power outage. Thousands of Texans are facing damage from burst pipes, which have flooded homes and left many without water. 14.9 million Texans faced water disruptions. Seven board members of the Texas grid operator have resigned in the wake of blackouts that hit the state during the storm that left more than 4 million Texans in the dark for days due to power supply shortages. A family whose son died during an extended power outage is suing its electricity provider and the agency that oversees most of Texas' energy grid. The winter storm that left dozens of Texans dead, millions without power and nearly 15 million with water issues could be the costliest disaster in Texas state history. Welcome to: 'DEEP FREEZE'
DEEP FREEZE
    Lisa Krantz /ZUMA (bios)
zReportage.com Story of the Week #776: TUESDAY March 2, 2021: 'DEEP FREEZE' from ZUMA Press award winning San Antonio Express-News photographers, Billy Calzada, Jessica Phelps, Lisa Krantz, Wiliam Luther and Kin Man Huia: When a winter storm caused by a disruption in the polar vortex and sent temperatures to sub-freezing, critical utility services buckled under record demand. Meteorologists call this recent polar vortex that targeted Texas one of the biggest, nastiest and longest-lasting ones they've seen since vortex monitoring began the 50's. A humanitarian crisis escalated within hours of the first power outage. Thousands of Texans are facing damage from burst pipes, which have flooded homes and left many without water. 14.9 million Texans faced water disruptions. Seven board members of the Texas grid operator have resigned in the wake of blackouts that hit the state during the storm that left more than 4 million Texans in the dark for days due to power supply shortages. A family whose son died during an extended power outage is suing its electricity provider and the agency that oversees most of Texas' energy grid. The winter storm that left dozens of Texans dead, millions without power and nearly 15 million with water issues could be the costliest disaster in Texas state history. Welcome to: 'DEEP FREEZE'