A Texas family whose 11-year-old boy died in the winter storm last week has filed a lawsuit alleging that gross negligence by the state's grid operator and power company led to the child’s death, KHOU reported over the weekend.
Christian Pavon is believed to have died on Tuesday due to hypothermia after his family’s mobile home lost power. Medical examiners have not yet released his cause of death.
Dozens of people died when freezing temperatures swept across Texas last week. In addition, more than four million people lost power, many for several days, according to The Hill.
Both the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and power company Entergy expressed sorrow over suffering in the the community, but said they have not yet reviewed the lawsuit, which seeks more than $100 million in damages.
State leaders and ERCOT are facing criticism over the outages and the fact that the power infrastructure lacked the winterization required to properly deal with freezing temperatures.
Texas is also the only state to have an independent power grid, meaning it could not turn to its neighboring states to lend a hand with the blackouts.
President Joe Biden declared a major disaster in Texas on Saturday, which cleared the way for more federal funds to be spent on relief efforts.
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