OKLAHOMA CITY (BP)--Disaster relief feeding units were activated and chainsaw teams were being called in as one in three Oklahoma residents were without electrical power Dec. 11 following a widespread ice storm that continued to overwhelm the Midwest.
At least 22 deaths had been blamed on the storm, and states of emergency were declared in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. By Tuesday, the storm had moved into Iowa.
More than 500,000 customers were without electricity in Oklahoma since Monday, when trees began snapping under the weight of the ice, bringing down power lines. The offices of the Missouri Baptist Convention in Jefferson City were closed Monday and Tuesday because of the ice.
Officials at Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee did not cancel classes, and students were asked to use caution as they made their way to campus for final exams. The university expected to lose several trees to the ice storm, which reminded longtime residents of a similar disaster in 1979 that claimed 100 trees.
"It's the biggest loss since that storm," Johnny Cullison, OBU's administrator emeritus, who worked at the university from 1970 until he retired in 2003, said of the current situation, according to the school's website. Read More