RAPID CITY, SD (KOTA) – Last week’s freezing temperatures were particularly hard hit in Texas, where many stayed in the dark. The failures are attributed to excessive energy consumption.
This year’s Walk for Warmth took place in the midst of an impending energy crisis in the USA and particularly in the state of Texas. Every year the Salvation Army sponsors the walk to raise money to help families who struggle to stay warm during the cold winter months.
Black Hills Salvation Army coordinator Javier Moreno said the Texas crisis shows the importance of energy in keeping people safe and warm and how vulnerable it can be.
“It is also very important to be able to provide for these families so that when they face this financial crisis we can provide them.”
While temperatures fell well below zero here in the north, those in Texas saw their temperatures drop into the twenties.
Our chief meteorologist Rhonda Lee said that while that temperature doesn’t sound bad to us, the freezing temperatures caused many Texans across the state to use too much energy.
“I would say this was an interesting study of culture and what you are used to and even psychologically what you can do,” Lee said. “It’s pretty clear to see that mindsets differ from north to south.”
The Salvation Army is expected to raise over $ 20,000 to support families in need of warmth.
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