As the entire nation now knows, the unusual winter storms that recently ravaged the south have been particularly hard on Texas.
So far, there have been roughly 30 people reported dead due to the conditions.
Sadly, among them, is an 11-year-old boy that reportedly died from hypothermia.
First and Last Snowfall
This story is about as tragic as can be.
Cristian Pavon, an 11-year-old boy living in Conroe, TX, finally to got to see and play in the snow.
Sadly, the storms that brought that snow also led to the young boy’s death…
According to reports, the boy was completely healthy and while the autopsy had not yet been performed, authorities suspect it was hypothermia that caused his death.
Conroe Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jeff Smith stated, “By all other means, he was a normal, healthy child.”
So far, it has been reported that at least 30 people have due died to causes directly related to the storms.
Should This Have Been Prevented
One could say that Texas has never seen anything like this and it will learn from this hard lesson, but that is not exactly true.
In December 2013, Texas got hit with a major winter storm.
During that storm, 275,000 Texans were left without power, foreshadowing grid problems at the time for conditions such as this.
There were still remnants of the storm for weeks in some areas and months in others.
It would seem as though those responsible for the grid decided to ignore that storm and write it off as an outlier rather than put controls in place that would prevent this from ever happening again.
The storm of 2021 was far more treacherous, and more than likely there would have been some outages regardless, but the loss of life and severity of the outages probably could have been curtailed.
Clearly, officials did not learn a lesson from this in 2013, and that is simply unacceptable.
Source: The Blaze