A MAYOR has quit after he faced backlash for saying residents snowed in by Storm Uri were "lazy" amid statewide power cuts.
Tim Boyd, mayor of Colorado City in Texas, announced his resignation hours after he told residents "the weak will perish" and to "get off their asses" during the once-in-a lifetime snowstorm that has left 23 dead.
According to KTXS-TV, the mayor faced growing calls to quit from furious residents after telling them Tuesday that the "City and County, along with power providers or any other service owes you NOTHING!”
Texas has been grappling with a bitter winter blast that has left millions of residents in the Lone Star State without power.
Data from Oncor Electric Delivery and seen by the Mail Online showed that 1,304 of the company's 4,404 customers were without power at 9pm Tuesday as the temperature dropped to -23C.
During the Facebook video, Mr Boyd said: “No one owes you or your family anything; nor is it the local governments responsibility to support you during trying times like this!"
Sink or swim, it’s your choice!" he added.
But Mr Boyd's rant did not stop there,continuing: “If you have no water you deal with out and think outside of the box to survive and supply water to your family.
“If you were sitting at home in the cold because you have no power and are sitting there waiting for someone to come rescue you because your lazy is direct result of your raising!”
“Am I sorry that you have been dealing without electricity and water; yes! But I’ll be damned if I’m going to provide for anyone that is capable of doing it themselves!” Boyd continued in the post.
At least 23 people have died and millions are spending a third day without power.
Ferocious Storm Uri has plunged swathes of America into a -20F deep freeze and sparked a killer tornado.
A state of emergency was declared in Texas, where wind turbines froze and generators were shut down as temperatures fell to the lowest in decades and hundreds of cars crashed on icy roads.
Millions of residents in Texas are struggling without power due to the winter storm.
The latest deaths included a mother and three young children who perished in a house fire in Sugar Land, near Houston, while using a fireplace to keep warm.
And a woman and a girl died from suspected carbon monoxide poisoning from a car running in a garage after their home lost power.
Officials in Harris County, Texas, reported more than 300 carbon monoxide poisoning cases after freezing residents use barbecues and generators indoors.
And later on Tuesday, Boyd announced in a separate post that he would be stepping down as Colorado City Mayor.
The former mayor wrote on Facebook: “I would never want to hurt the elderly or anyone that is in true need of help to be left to fend for themselves.
“I was only making the statement that those folks that are too lazy to get up and fend for themselves but are capable should not be dealt a handout. I apologize for the wording and some of the phrases that were used!”
President Biden has offered federal assistance to Texas, where all 254 counties were under a winter storm warning for the first time.
Some 1,600 flights were cancelled amid the chaos as temperatures this week fell to as low as -8F (-22C), with wind chill of -20F (-29C).
The extreme weather conditions have also caused the closing of Covid vaccination sites across the country.
States including Missouri, Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana and New Hampshire have already paused vaccinations because of the weather.
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