Texas After the Storm

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With most natural disasters, the devastation is immediately apparent. But in the case of the Texas winter storm, some of the damage is a lot less visible.

The stories of Iris Cantu, Suzanne Mitchell and Tumaini Criss illustrate how deep the destruction runs.

Their lives have been upended. The storm left their homes barely habitable, with collapsed ceilings and destroyed belongings, and disrupted their children’s learning.

While the state has begun to investigate the causes of its mass blackouts, looking for accountability, for Iris, Suzanne and Tumaini there is a more pressing question: How am I going to move forward with my life?

Today, the aftermath of the storm through the eyes of these women.

On today’s episode

Jack Healy, a Colorado-based national correspondent for The New York Times.

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Even with power back on across most of the state and warmer weather forecast, millions of Texans whose health and finances were already battered by a year of Covid-19 now face a grinding recovery from the storm.

Here’s an analysis of how Texas’s drive for energy independence set it up for disaster.

As the freak winter storm raged, historically marginalized communities were among the first to face power outages.

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Jack Healy contributed reporting.

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