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After days of subfreezing temperatures, impassable roads and catastrophic outages during last month's winter storms, the sun came out and things returned to a kind of pandemic normal.

Six weeks later, however, the storm's long-term effects are still revealing themselves—from a month-long gas outage at one East Austin apartment complex to dozens of frostbite victims. Here are some other impacts to look out for in the months to come.

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(Laura Figi/Austonia)

Last month's historic winter freeze that left thousands without electricity or water resulted in at least 111 deaths in Texas, the Department of State Health Services released on Thursday. Nine of the deaths have been traced to Travis County.

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Austin Energy estimates it earned $54 million in net revenue during the winter weather event last month, according to a voluntary event notice filed by the city of Austin with the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board on Monday.

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(Laura Figi)

The Seaholm Power Plant in downtown Austin served as the city's sole source of electric power in the 1950s before being phased out in 1989.

The City of Austin recently disclosed that it realized an estimated net profit of $54 million on the resale of its energy during Texas's great freeze last month.

What the city did not say publicly was whether the windfall was possible because of Austin's reliance on a steady flow of coal and nuclear power. That power comes from Austin's one-third interest in the Fayette Power Plant (FPP), which burns coal, and its 16% interest in the South Texas Project (STP), a Bay City nuclear power plant.

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