The family of an 11-year-old child who died from the cold in the US state of Texas has filed a lawsuit against the state’s energy regulator and the local division of the energy company Entergy Corporation for $ 100 million, ABC News reports.
The lawsuit against the Texas Electrical Equipment Reliability Council (ERCOT) and the local energy company Entergy was filed by the family of Christian Pavon Pineda. Presumably, the child died on Tuesday due to hypothermia after the house lost electricity and heating. The official cause of the boy’s death has not yet been determined.
The family of the deceased demands compensation from the energy regulator and Entergy for “unintentional murder.”
“Although ERCOT and Entergy knew about the terrible weather forecast for at least a week and knew that the system had not experienced such a load for more than a decade, they did not take any preventive actions that could have prevented the crisis and were completely unprepared for the problem,”the lawsuit says.
Also, the boy’s family noted that ERCOT did not inform Texas residents about the power outage for several days. Accordingly, many could not prepare for the lack of electricity or leave their homes in time.
The energy company expressed its condolences, the ABC13 TV channel reports. The council said its “thoughts are with all the people of Texas who have suffered and suffered in the past week. At the same time, ERCOT indicated that an emergency power outage was initiated on February 15, after the temperature in Texas fell below zero due to a snow storm. The measures, according to ERCOT, were taken to avoid a statewide power outage.
Snowstorms and other weather events have caused massive power and water outages in Texas, as well as food queues, rising gasoline prices, and many other inconveniences for millions of residents of the state. Dozens of Texas residents were killed, and more than four million people were left without electricity.
US President Joe Biden has sent relief supplies to the state, including food, water, 60 generators, and blankets. The President also authorized the declaration of a state of emergency in several states, including Texas.