President Joe Biden will travel to Houston on Friday to see firsthand the devastation wreaked by the winter storm and arctic cold wave.

Biden and first lady Jill Biden will fly to the battered city as millions struggle to return to normal life after the storm knocked out water and power across Texas.

The first family will meet with local leaders to discuss the ongoing recovery and will visit a COVID-19 health center where vaccines are being distributed.

Biden last week vowed to visit Texas, but wanted to wait until his trip wouldn’t be a disruption to local authorities.

“I don’t want to be a burden,” Biden said. “When the president lands in a city in America, it has a long tail.”

Temperatures have returned to near normal across the Lone Star State. but millions of Texas residents remain under boil water notices after the freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall caused power outages and burst pipes across the state.

Biden on Saturday declared a major disaster in Texas, and he has asked federal agencies to identify additional resources to address the suffering.

He has spoken with the governors of the seven states most affected by the winter weather and tweeted a photo of himself on the phone with Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has shipped dozens of generators and supplies, including fuel, water, blankets and ready-to-eat meals, to the affected areas.


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