3 dead in Abilene, 3 in rural Taylor County during power outages and cold weather


TAYLOR COUNTY, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – Three people in Abilene and three others in rural Taylor County were found dead from suspected cold weather conditions during power outages in Taylor County.

During a press conference Thursday morning, Fire Chief Cande Flores said the three deaths that occurred in Abilene were likely the result of sustained outages.

One person was a transient, one didn’t have power for three days, and another had medical issues and didn’t have access to the resources they need.

Sheriff Ricky Bishop told KTAB and KRBC three people died from suspected cold weather in Taylor County as well all three victims were elderly men, one was 87-years-old.

One victim was found on his front porch in Tuscola Tuesday, and the other two were found in separate homes in Buffalo Gap Wednesday.

Most of Buffalo Gap experienced more than 48 hours of no power during this week’s winter weather.

Taylor County Commissioner Brad Birchum said that power was restored to most of the town overnight, and now the focus is on getting everything back online.

KTAB and KRBC are currently checking to see if any other areas of the Big Country experienced cold weather deaths.

Check back for the latest information.

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