100,000+ In Okla., Mo. Still Without Power

In Oklahoma's small towns like Muskogee, part of the battle today was reaching people who'd been without power for eight days. Another part, getting rid of frozen branches, before the next storm arrived. CBS News correspondent Kelly Cobiella reports.

"I don't know how many more limbs could actually come down, because so many have come down, but there's just a lot of work to do," said George Frey.

Seven thousand homes and businesses still don't have electricity in Muskogee alone — and there's more than 100,000 in Oklahoma and Missouri combined.

The power lines that feed Richard Bond's home are strung across his back deck, and the meter is ripped from the wall.

"The last time I called them they said you've gotta be patient, just like the rest. Well the rest haven't been patient either," he said.

Those who can afford generators have been running them around the clock. Those who can't are having to burn wood from downed trees.

This weekend's storm started late Friday in Arizona and moved east, blanketing New Mexico, and parts of Texas and Oklahoma with snow today. It brought the usual headaches, and for some the usual fun.

But for Muskogee, it would have brought misery. The town's mayor expected the worst, but so far has only seen rain.

"We were really sweating," said Muskogee Mayor Wren Stratton. "Another five to seven inches of wet snow would have just been devastating this weekend. So we're eternally grateful that at this point that's going to go by us."

The areas in Oklahoma hardest hit by the ice storm a week ago are right on the line between snow and rain. They could still get some snow tonight. Even if they don't, it will take weeks for towns like this to fully recover.
  • Christine Lagorio

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