A study released Monday by the University of Houston put the extent of the catastrophic winter storm into focus, demonstrating its impact on Texans was even more severe than previously reported.

Roughly 70 percent of Texans lost electricity at some point during the storm, and more than half lost water service, the researchers found. The length of time people were without power averaged 42 hours, when temperatures outside in some places in the single digits.

This editorial was written by Michael Morris, managing editor of The Facts.

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