As Texas faced record-low temperatures this February and snow and ice made roads impassable, the state’s electric grid operator lost control of the power supply, leaving millions without access to electricity.
As the blackouts extended from hours to days, top state lawmakers called for investigations into the Electric Reliability Council of Texas, and Texans demanded accountability for the disaster.
However, The electricity was restored on Friday as residents out of excitement screamed “Up Nepa”, a phrase which is popular among Nigerians to celebrate the restoration of electricity.
In a viral video on social media, the Texas residents were seen dancing for joy and chanting the phrase ‘Up NEPA’.
Assuring citizens that power would be restored, Texas governor, Greg Abbott tweeted on Thursday saying that “About 1,600,000 homes have had power restored today. Current power generation is restoring an additional 200,000 homes every hour,” he said.
In a swift move, US President Joe Biden has declared a state of emergency in Texas and authorised the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide generators.
Meanwhile, Texas senator Ted Cruz has been criticised for going on vacation with his family to Mexico amid the crisis.
The senator claimed he booked the vacation for his young daughters who “asked to take a trip with friends”.
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