HOUSTON (CW39) – Texas Governor Greg Abbott says Texans are on their way with broken pipes in response to damage from winter storms.
Severe weather, expected in the coming days, is likely to cause pipe damage to homes and apartments across the state exposed to freezing temperatures for many Texans.
The main storm that wreaked havoc in Texas is now beginning to leave the state. Snow and sleet in northeast Texas will continue to exist, but will also gradually move away. After that, another round of precipitation will come over the state in the next 24 hours.
Cold temperatures will prevail in large parts of the state over the next few days, which will affect the pipes.
Most of the state will be below freezing along I-10 and north of I-10 on Thursday morning and will freeze through Thursday evening with ultra-cold temperatures on Thursday evening.
To help repair piping across the state, the governor says, “Texas law has already given the sanitary department the right to license non-state plumbers.”
Texas is also working with the Board of Plumbing Examiners to make sure this happens.
In relation to this permit, the state is also working to introduce a plumber waiver. If they were previously licensed as plumbers but haven’t completed any further education in the past two years, they can apply for a Texas state plumbing license to aid those affected by the winter storm.