Families flee freezing, powerless homes

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Utility officials in Oklahoma say it could take another week to ten days to fully restore power to hundreds of thousands of customers. More than 200,000 utility customers are still blacked out in Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Nebraska.

Recovery efforts continue from an ice storm that paralyzed much of the nation's midsection. Officials now say there have been at least 33 storm-related deaths, 21 of them in Oklahoma.

Dozens of shelters in churches and community centers in Oklahoma are offering food and a warm place to sleep, especially for the poor, the elderly and families with young children.

There is some good news. Forecasters are calling for sunshine and temperatures in the 40s for Thursday.

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