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Heavy Rains Lead To Rescues, Road Closures in Appalachia

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Heavy rain across Appalachia has led to water rescues, mudslides, road closures and power outages, officials said. In Kentucky, officials in Magoffin and Pike counties declared a state of emergency Sunday due to damage from the …

White House Climate Czar to AP: Texas Storm ‘a Wake-Up Call’

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deadly winter storm that caused widespread power outages in Texas and other states is a “wake-up call” for the United States to build energy systems and other infrastructure that are more reliable and resilient in the …

Viewpoint: Faulty Hose Bibs One of Many Subrogation Opportunities from Record Freeze

Although I am a native Texan, I grew up in Wisconsin. Therefore, I am no stranger to cold weather or the devastating effects it can have on people and property. When I moved back to Texas two years ago to …

Texas Lawmakers Investigate Deadly Power Blackout

Texas state legislators on Thursday started digging into the causes of deadly power blackouts that left millions shivering in the dark as frigid temperatures caught its grid operator and utilities ill-prepared for skyrocketing power demand. Hearings are highlighting shortcomings by …

Viewpoint: Subrogating Freeze Damage When Texas Power Plants Are Not Dressed For Winter

Successful subrogation against power companies is not a given. In determining whether the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) may be sued for its clear negligence in failing to properly winterize power production facilities and the power grid that it …

Commercial Property Insurance Coverage for Texas Winter Freeze Losses

For an incredible 10-day period in mid-February, Texas was battered by a brutal winter storm bringing snow, ice, and record-low temperatures. Millions of Texans were without power and water for days. These conditions forced thousands of Texas businesses to close …

Warmer Temperatures Bring Relief as Cold-Weary South Starts Cleanup

DALLAS (AP) — Warmer temperatures spread across the southern United States on Saturday, bringing some relief to a winter weary region that faces a challenging clean-up and expensive repairs from days of extreme cold and widespread power outages. In hard-hit …

As Texas Shivers Through Fourth Day of Outage, Finger-Pointing Begins

HOUSTON — Widespread power outages and bone chilling cold that left millions of Texans to shiver in the dark sparked a fury this week among residents and politicians eager to uncover what – and who – was to blame for …

‘This Is Extremely Dangerous’: No Safe Place in Frigid Texas

The dangerously cold temperatures gripping auto-reliant Texas present a terrible dilemma for millions of residents: Stay put in heat-less homes, or ignore all official advice and venture forth on to the state’s treacherous highways. Texans awoke Tuesday morning to a …

Power Cut Across Texas as Snow, Ice Blanket Southern Plains

DALLAS (AP) — A winter storm dropping snow and ice also sent temperatures plunging across the southern Plains, prompting a power emergency in Texas a day after conditions canceled flights and impacted traffic across large swaths of the U.S. Rotating …