Posted 2/22/2021 08:53 (#8850592 - in reply to #8850547) Subject: RE: Question for Texans
they have them
most are too dumb to locate them or do not have a shut off tool (and are too dumb to use a crescent wrench and screwdriver)
a few of them might have evacuated the house when the power went out and were not home when power came back on and the pipes unfroze....but of course they probably should have shut off the water....some of them may have been elderly which gets them a bit of a pass
the ones that probably should get a pass would be those that were not home when the power went out, could not get back home to check, the pipes froze and burst and then the power came back on before they got home and it flooded
those would be few and far between and probably elderly or people doing long shift work or in essential services (which should also earn them a pass)
there was also the issue of people that were home, the power was out or they had some other issue with heat.....they were running the faucets, but then the water went off.....at that point what do you do go shut the valve at the street and know you are probably going to burst your pipes.....or do you leave the water valve open at the street. faucets open and hope the water comes back on before they freeze....there was a number of places where people faced that "choice"
you also have to remember the news is "sensational" so even the people in the last case scenario that made the choice of water off got a "horrific flood" when the water left in the burst pipes thawed
and the people that left the valve open had a tidal wave that would have lifted Noah's Ark from the burst pipes even if they got the water shut off as soon as they saw the ceiling wet......because that is how sensationalist "report news"