Tragedy struck Texas last week, and there are still plenty of questions left to be answered as to why and how things got as bad as they did.
Winter Storm Uri lashed the Lone Star State, bringing arctic temperatures and a slick, wintry mix of precipitation to a number of Texas’ largest cities. Power companies in the state believed that they could use rolling blackouts to mitigate the discomfort, but failed. The energy grid took a brutal beating, leaving some in the cold and the dark for days on end.
The frigid temperatures led to tragedy, however, and now one family is seeking damages from the power companies involved.
The lawsuit alleges gross negligence by the power grid operator and the electricity provider, saying it led to the death of 11-year-old Christian Pavon.
The boy died Tuesday after spending the night in his frigid mobile home that lost power.
The lawsuit says Christian died of hypothermia, and the family is asking for more than $100 million in damages.
Medical examiners have not yet released his cause of death.
The power companies responded to news of the suits with basic, generic statements of condolences followed by “no comment”, essentially.
Remaining with power during the storm wasn’t exactly an ideal situation either, with one Texas veteran racking up a nearly $17,000 electric bill after his home remained unaffected throughout the storm.
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