Southern cities hit hard by storms face new crisis: No water

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Southern U.S. cities slammed by winter storms that left millions without power for days have traded one crisis for another. Busted water pipes ruptured by record-low temperatures have created a shortage of clean drinking water, forced the closure of the Memphis airport on Friday and left hospitals scrambling to maintain sanitary conditions. Many people finally have electricity back after this week’s deadly winter weather blast overwhelmed the Texas electrical grid and left millions shivering for days. Now 7 million Texans are under orders to boil their water before consuming it. Most of the 161,000 residents in Jackson, Mississippi, lost water service.