On 12/7 we had a major ice storm here in Se Ks, and also in Sw Mo and Ne Ok. Over 70,000 were without power for at least a few days...as of yesterday there were still 33,000 without. Our electric came back on at 5 pm today. (Sun 12/16...after a week of having none) But there are still a GREAT many still in the dark. I have never seen the likes in this area before. Even my 84 yr old grandmother says the same. Here in our little rural Ks town there is hardly a tree left that didn't collapse under the weight of the 2" thick ice. It literally looks like a bomb went off. Or a tornado went through...except worse...instead of a swath being cut...it's everywhere. The Ks National Guard and FEMA has been here in the area all week...there have been numerous warming and overnite shelters set up...the area churchs have been serving 3 meals a day...there is still a 6 pm-6am curfew in effect. The whole town has essentially been blacked out...no power...no potable water...no gasoline...no work for most...no school. The residents living very far out in the country were stuck there without power for at least a couple days until the trees could be cut out of the roads. I was dead asleep last Sun morning at 3 am when a loud CRACK!!! preceded a thunderous THUMP!!! and the whole house shook. The power went out...and I jumped up...stumbled down the dark hallway...pushing bravely past 5 panicking kids and their mother...and looked outside. There was a HUGE "branch" laying over a powerline on top of our house...along with several other "smaller" branches. Both ends of the driveway were impassable...due to not just the branches...but 2 downed power lines lying in the side yard and in the alley as well. Luckily...my wife had a place to go. Her cousin and his family had a generator and two small electric heaters...but not much room. I tried to sleep a day in our house...it was 37 degrees inside...longjohns, sweats, long sleeved t shirt, sweatshirt, 2 pairs of socks, gloves, and a stocking cap...2 blankets...and a pair of comforters...and it was STILL way too cold. I went and got my 100 lb chocolate labrador retriever and dragged her into bed with me, and managed to stay warm after that. After that I stayed at my grandmothers house down in her basement up until yesterday. She has a gas heater down there, and went and got us a generator so we could at least have some juice until the electric came back on. (My family joined me after we got everything hooked up to the generator and functioning. We're home tonite after being gone for a week...virtually homeless...staying here and there. It sure feels good to be back in civilization....and most importantly...back together as a family in our own home.