Legislation passed after February's brutal cold doesn't obligate Texas natural gas companies to do much in advance of extreme weather.
For some, insurance money is coming in, but according to one farmer, "it never makes you whole."
And right now everyone including homeowners, city parks, schools and businesses in Texas needs plants and trees.
For the past two months since the winter storm, Texas plumbers have been seeing split pipe after split pipe.
Consolidation in the Texas energy sector could make a few companies "too big to fail," some say.
And those hits ripple through to grocery stores, where there are still some limits on buying things like milk and eggs.
While the mandate deals with the power problem, gas and water are not addressed.
By the middle of the week, the Austin Fire Department had already responded to some 700 burst pipe complaints.
Jess Evans, who runs an Austin trivia company, is "so cold and so worried about the business." A strong internet connection is her priority.
The state is limiting natural gas to human resource use, like heating homes.