Many Freestone County residents were without electricity, water, internet, and phone service during the winter storm. Even this week, some residents are facing issues with their electricity and water as well as no internet and phone service.
Last week’s record-breaking low temperatures left the county first without electricity and then without water, as a wicked freeze followed by a slower thaw revealed problems that piled up for residents and businesses alike.
Freestone County is part of a second wave of Texas counties approved for individual assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency though a Major Disaster Declaration, which makes available grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help recover from the effects of last week’s winter storm.
According to Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley, a total of 78 accidents and stranded motorists occurred in Freestone County during the winter storm between Thursday, Feb. 11, and Friday, Feb. 19.
All four Freestone County schools extended their school closure following the winter storm this past week.