TEXAS FREEZE / DEEP SOUTH WINTER STORM – February 2021
For roughly 10 days in February, Texas and surrounding states were battered by a historical winter event that broke many low temperate and winter precipitation records. In areas of central Texas like the cities of Austin and Waco, the six to nine days of consecutive freezing temperatures were the longest periods of below freezing weather these cities have ever experienced. The extremely cold temperatures and precipitation caused the power grid to fail in many parts of the state, leading to roughly 10 million residents without power. The freeze busted pipes and water-lines across the state leading to boil water advisories in many counties. Damages are estimated to be near $195 billion making it one of the costliest natural disasters in Texas’ history.
Macro quickly ramped up for this unexpected turn of events, and over 100 fuel and water assets were deployed in the state. This was the first event Macro sourced potable water tankers on a large scale, and is recognized as the start of the Macro Potable Water Division.