The Galveston County Medical Examiner’s Office is requesting refrigerated trucks that have already claimed at least 10 lives and are anticipating more fatalities from a brutal cold winter storm in Texas this week. Leave millions without power.

Officials say they hope to find a dozen bodies of people who died of cold. Refrigerated trucks were requested because funeral homes in Galveston County have lost power and cannot house the bodies.

Cody Jennings uses a blanket to keep warm outside a grocery store on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 in Dallas.

Cody Jennings uses a blanket to keep warm outside a grocery store on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 in Dallas.

Galveston County Judge Mark Henry said officials would “conduct welfare checks and checks on people who have been stranded and without power for the past 48 to 50 hours.”

“This number continues to grow because we have the ability to conduct welfare checks and checks without more than 50 people in the last 48 to 50 hours,” Henry explained. Houston’s KPRC-TV.

The request is that millions of Texans remain without electricity all day due to historic snowfall and single digit temperatures, leading to increased electricity demand in homes affecting the state’s power grid and causing widespread blackouts.


The outage is expected to be shared equally by the state’s 30 million residents, leaving pockets of cold reality in some of America’s biggest cities, including San Antonio, Dallas and Austin, leaving a lasting brunt of a destructive force. Grid operators in Gaya Texas were made aware that in failure and subfreezing conditions.

The breakdown provoked growing outrage and demanded answers for how Texas had failed such a major test of state pride: energy independence. And it cut through politics, as the fuming Texas expose on social media about how their neighborhoods froze in the dark on Monday night, sparking Downtown Skylyn despite desperate calls for conservation of energy.

During the outage, Harris County emergency officials reported “multiple carbon monoxide deaths” in or around Houston and reminded people not to operate a car or gasoline-powered generator indoors. Authorities say three young children and their grandmothers, who were believed to be trying to keep warm, died in a fire at a suburban Houston house on Tuesday.

FEMA said during a briefing, thirty-five warming shelters were opened to accommodate more than 1,000 people around the state. But he was not even spared the outage, as Houston was forced to two on Monday due to a loss in power.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.