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Pennsylvania contractor returns to Tyler to help winter storm victims

After seeing his former home suffer from the winter storm, former Tyler resident Josh Bloom decided to drive down all the way from Pennsylvania to help those impacted by the winter storm.

  Water flowing for most people in Zwolle; town remains under a boil advisory

  Zwolle residents, businesses have been without running water for nearly 2 weeks now

  Some East Texans without running water for up to 12 days

  Biden surveys Texas weather damage, thanks emergency workers

East Texas counties declared disaster areas; residents eligible for SBA assistance

East Texas plant nursery loses 7 greenhouses to snow

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Lindale home catches fire after lightning strike

Service businesses recovering from East Texas snow shutdown

9 East Texas counties added to governor’s major disaster declaration

Willis-Knighton to give extra vacation time to employees who worked during wintry weather

Beware of scammers asking for winter storm donations

Marshall’s emergency management director says car washes, restaurants may resume normal operation

City of Shreveport hopes to lift boil advisory Saturday at the latest

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins says the city hopes to lift its boil advisory by Saturday, Feb. 27 at the latest.

Louisiana’s weather-related death toll rises to 6

Death of 61-year-old Caddo man due to exposure-related hypothermia confirmed to be storm-related

Truck hauling water overturns on I-20 in Shreveport

Only one lane is open. Congestion has reached the Red River Bridge.

Texas Legislature to hold hearings on statewide blackouts, industry response

Both the Texas Senate and House of Representatives will hold hearings Thursday examining extreme weather condition preparedness and circumstances that led to the power outages directed by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT).

East Texas plumbers answering record number of service calls for broken pipes

Gov. Abbott addresses state regarding power, water loss during storm

  Public Service Commission presses Entergy Louisiana exec on outages and repair expenses

  Greenwood says to stop using the water now

State extends housing tax credit application deadline

Louisianans impacted by winter storms urged to fill out self-report damage survey

Community organizations giving bottled water to those in need

The church received more than 200 cases of water and an additional 200 on Wednesday morning, Feb. 24, before the distribution started. Some of the water came all the way from Mississippi.

  National Guard provides portable showers, washing machines for Greenwood residents

Residents can use the showers and washing machines starting on Wednesday, Feb. 24, in the parking lot of Open Range Fellowship Cowboy Church, 9950 Highway 80. Showers and washing machines will be open daily from 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. until the water is fully restored.

East Texans look to insurance companies, FEMA to help pay for winter storm damage

Hundreds of thousands of Texans have filed insurance claims and more are expected.

  Most Shreveport residents should now have water service

Shreveport’s water department says as of Wednesday, Feb. 24, water service is now restored except for a few isolated areas of the city.

  Public Service Commission to meet about sudden blackouts, customers can submit comments

The Louisiana Public Service Commission has an important meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 24 that thousands of Louisianans will be paying attention to.

East Texas electric cooperatives helping each other restore power in service areas

The restoration process gained momentum from neighbor electric cooperatives coming to aid.

  Top board leaders resign after deadly Texas power outages

All of the board directors stepping down live outside of Texas, which only intensified criticism of the Electric Reliability Council of Texas.

  Volunteers, donors step up with water to help

LA lawmaker arranges “a massive convoy”; meantime, truckers deliver pallets to WK hospitals

Bowie Co. residents who sustained damage during winter storm can apply for FEMA aid

Assistance for those recovering from damage left behind from the winter storms that moved through the week of Feb. 15 may be on the way for some Texas counties.

  Greenwood working to resolve water outage

Donors, volunteers pitch in to help residents, businesses cope

Four ERCOT board members who live outside of Texas resign in the aftermath of the power outage, winter storm

Sally Talberg, board chair; Peter Cramton, vice chair; Terry Bulger, finance and audit chair; and Raymond Hepper, human resources and governance committee chair, will resign at the end of the ERCOT board meeting Wednesday morning, according to the notice.

Gov. Abbott cuts red tape, allows plumber ‘licensees’ to assist in repairs

Gov. Abbott and the Texas State Board of Plumbing Examiners (TSPBE) today announced that the board has identified an additional 500 licensees, as of Sunday, who are capable of performing plumbing under general supervision.

  INTERVIEW: Mayor Perkins updates citizens on city’s progress restoring water service

Shreveport Mayor Adrian Perkins spoke with KSLA’s Destinee Patterson Tuesday, Feb. 23 to update citizens on the city’s progress restoring water service after severe winter weather that passed through the week of Feb. 15 caused a nearly citywide outage.

Longview native Matthew McConaughey announces ‘virtual benefit’ to aid Texans

Actor Matthew McConaughey, a native of Longview, posted a video on his Instagram channel and announced that he will be putting together a virtual benefit within the next two weeks to aid Texans who have been negatively impacted by the winter storm that blew through last week.

City of Kilgore: Lifts water conservation order but not boil water notice

City of Kilgore: Lifts water conservation order but not boil water notice

IRS extends tax deadline for Texans

Texans now have until June 15 to pay or file taxes because of a postponement by the Internal Revenue Service. The normal April 15 deadline was pushed back because of the recent winter storms.

East Texas plumbers, city officials give tips on reintroducing water into your home

With boil water orders lifted, plumbers and city officials are asking you to take some additional steps to make sure water is flowing through your home and not causing additional damages.

City of Marshall distributing cases of bottled water Tuesday

On Tuesday, February 23, the City of Marshall will distribute additional cases of bottled water from 2 p.m.- 7 p.m.

Homeowner’s insurance claims rolling in after winter storm

The recent winter storm that affected thousands of families across the state is not much different from any other natural disaster in terms of what homeowners’ insurance will cover.

Lake Charles remains under boil advisory as of Monday, Feb. 22.

With a pandemic, two major hurricanes, and now a historic winter storm, it’s hard to believe that Louisiana is now in its fourth federally declared disaster in a single year following last week’s winter storms.

  Pines Road area is biggest water restoration challenge, city says

Shreveport’s Highland, Queensborough neighborhoods should soon see better pressure

7 horses die in south Bossier barn fire

Fire marshal cites heat lamps as cause of this fire and 2 others

LSU to hold make up days class canceled during winter weather

LSU students will have to make up four days during the Spring 2021 semester due to the cancelation of classes during the winter weather from Monday, Feb. 15 to Friday, Feb. 19, the university announced Monday, Feb. 22.

ETX counties including Cherokee, Gregg, Rusk part of FEMA’s expanded disaster declaration

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has approved an additional 31 Texas counties to be added to the President’s Major Disaster Declaration for Individual Assistance with several East Texas counties included.

  Offices relocating in wake of damage from burst pipes in Miller County Courthouse

“This is pretty much a total loss"

La. state offices closed in 7 parishes as effects of winter storm still being felt

Louisiana state offices in 7 parishes will remain closed Tuesday, Feb. 23 as the effects of the severe winter weather continue to be felt.

  Mayor Lo Walker holds news conference on Bossier City response to water crisis caused by week of winter weather

Bossier City Mayor Lo Walker and Bossier City Council President David Montgomery held a news conference Monday afternoon to address the city’s response to water crisis caused by the week of severe winter weather in the ArkLaTex.

  Natchitoches mayor provides updates on city’s water situation

Ronnie Williams Jr. says for residents looking for water, some businesses may still be selling bottled water and there is a shipment of pallets of bottled water that should arrive in the city Tuesday, Feb. 23.

Lt. Gov. Patrick says investigation into power grid failure will begin this week

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick spoke in Houston Monday about the problems faced by the Texas power grid following last week’s winter storms.

WATER UPDATES: Boil advisory lifted in DeRidder

Water updates following a winter storm that rolled through the south.

Police drop charge against black man arrested for walking home in Texas snowstorm

Police drop charge against black man arrested for walking home in Texas snowstorm

DETEC reports 6,000 power outages remaining

DETEC is currently reporting 6,567 outages remaining. DTEC expects to wrap up all repairs in Newton, Panola, Sabine and San Augustine Counties Monday.

Extreme cold fuels huge jump at the pump

Blame Mother Nature and last week’s extremely cold weather for driving up gas prices.

City of Shreveport water expected to be fully restored by Tuesday

Water is expected to be fully restored by Tuesday. Feb. 23. Most customers should have some water service before then.

City of Natchitoches restricts water usage

Officials declare emergency, temporarily prohibit certain non-essential uses

Natchitoches mayor to declare water emergency

City says it will restrict usage until service is restored to all of its customers

Water, food to be distributed around ArkLaTex on Sunday

Local governments and nonprofit organizations are offering food and water to people in the community.

  Gov. Edwards holds news conference at LSU Health Shreveport on state’s response to winter weather

The news conference will be held at LSU Health Shreveport at 2 p.m.

Bowie County announces free water filling stations

This water will be non-drinkable but can be used to flush toilets and take baths.

Town of Benton to distribute bottled water to residents

The shipment of bottled water is less than what the town expected, but officials are working on a plan to get it distributed to those in need.

City of Marshall to distribute bottled water to families in need

Starting at noon Saturday, Feb. 20, individuals and families can visit the large parking lot of the former Good Shepherd Life Center at 612 S. Grove Street across from the Main Fire Station to receive bottles of water.

Bossier City, Shreveport and Natchitoches residents asked to turn off dripping faucets

Customers turning off their faucets will allow for improved pressure in the water system.

GPD: Roads in bad condition causing major backups on Highway 80 and I-20

GPD says that Highway 80 and I-20 are now covered by solid sheets of ice due to the low temperatures overnight that caused melted snow and ice to refreeze on the roadways

DOTD, LSP warn of potential black ice on roadways

Black ice is a thin, transparent layer of ice that can be hard to see on bridges, overpasses, off-ramps and in shady areas of the road. It is dangerous because it blends into the pavement making it almost impossible to see.

Truckers stranded at East Texas truck stops losing revenue

The backups stretched for miles. Drivers stranded for hours on interstate 20 due to icy conditions. For truckers who didn’t have to spend the night on the road on in their truck, they were lucky enough to find refuge at a truck stop some for days on in.

Gov. Hutchinson addresses rare winter storm in message to citizens

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson addressed citizens Friday, Feb. 19 after a week’s worth of rare winter weather.

  Long lines forming at grocery stores as people cooped up for days venture out for supplies

Thousands of people in the ArkLaTex have been cooped up in the house for days now as a severe winter weather storm moved through the area.

  Northwest Louisiana hospitals recount wintry week, thankful for community support

It has been a tough week for many across the ArkLaTex from residents to hospitals. Many across the community have been stepping up to help where needed.

  DOTD’s Erin Buchanan talks about driving as the temperatures rise above freezing

On Friday, Feb. 19, the temperatures are getting to be above freezing and the sun is shining, but does that mean roadways are safe?

City of Kilgore: Water supply sufficient but conservation remains necessary

Kilgore city officials said water supply is at a high enough level to meet current demand, but only if residents continue to conserve and mind current restrictions.

Shreveport officials say most customers should have water pressure Friday

Shreveport city crews say most customers should have some water pressure Friday, Feb. 19 after many days with little to none due to the severe winter storm that moved through the ArkLaTex.

  Water system workers repairing issues in outlying ArkLaTex communities; Shreveport crews working as well

Some communities are experiencing their fourth or fifth day without water, and many want to know when they will have normal access to water again.

  Bossier Parish crews working to clear roads of ice, snow

Workers with the Bossier Parish Police Jury highway department started clearing roads of ice and snow Thursday, Feb. 18.

  VIDEO: Volunteers in Shreveport trying to clear roads, but need fuel

Volunteers in Shreveport are trying to clear iced over roads so people can get food, water, and medicine, but they’ve run into a snag.

TxDOT discouraging travel on I-20

TxDOT is discouraging travel on I-20 at this time, saying it is passable, but presenting major issues for drivers.

ERCOT gives press conference

ERCOT press conference to update likelihood of coming out of emergency conditions later today. Speakers include ERCOT President and CEO Bill Magness and Senior Director of System Operations Dan Woodfin.

Gov. Abbott prioritizes electricity, local support, food stability, refinery repairs

Governor Greg Abbott will provide an update on where things stand regarding winter weather response and recovery.

Marshall city officials issue update on water system

"Citizens are urged to continue conservation of water throughout today. As temperatures rise this morning, citizens may elect to turn off dripping faucets."