This Week's Hot Headlines
Editor's note: The historic winter storm that ravaged Texas dominated Fort Worth headlines this week, as residents scrambled to find warmth and water. Read on for the week's most popular stories.
1. Boil water advisory ends for residents of north Fort Worth. North Fort Worth and surrounding suburbs were among the first areas in DFW to be issued boil water alerts early in the week, as power outages began to take their toll on water treatment plants. Arlington, West Fort Worth, and many other communities followed suit. While north Fort Worth's advisory got lifted Friday, many in the area are still boiling water through the weekend.
2. Burst water pipes flood and damage parts of Fort Worth museum. Areas of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History suffered damage due to water from broken pipes and sprinklers caused by record low temperatures, the museum announced in a February 17 statement. Water from the burst pipes flooded the Museum School, the Academy of Digital Learning Laboratory, the Museum store, parts of DinoLabs, and offices.
3. Virginia nonprofit Mercy Chefs wheels into Fort Worth with hot meals and water. A disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization called Mercy Chefs arrived in Fort Worth with hot meals, all the way from Virginia. Mercy Chefs, founded in 2006 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, visits communities around the country to serve professionally prepared, restaurant-quality meals to victims, first responders, and volunteers in emergencies and natural disasters. They will be serving meals in Fort Worth through the weekend.
4. Sen. Ted Cruz scuttles back to Texas after getting busted on Cancun getaway. In the midst of a historically awful winter weather event in which millions of people across Texas were without power, Texas Senator Ted Cruz was caught trying to make a tropical getaway to Cancun. Cruz and his family were photographed by fellow travelers at the George Bush Airport in Houston on February 17, and the fallout has made national headlines.
5. Fort Worth unlocks a top spot for U.S. homebuyers under 35, study says. More and more young professionals in Fort Worth are giving up apartment life and settling down in a home of their own, a new survey shows. A study released January 14 by personal finance website SmartAsset ranked the top 50 U.S. cities where homebuyers under age 35 are most commonplace. Just three DFW cities made it into the top 50. Fort Worth was one of them, landing at No. 36.