We didn't get any of this in Eastern Nebraska, but I guess the central part of the state is a total disaster. Tons of people are still without power and there's not a lot of hope in the future for them.
This page has some pretty good pics of the ice. It's amazing how, with just the right conditions, ice can "rain" down and accumulate like that.
I heard on the radio that they've been shipping 300 new electric poles into the area every day since Sunday, and they're probably going to need to keep doing it through this weekend at that pace.
I guess I don't quite know much about this stuff, but you'd think that in the long run it'd be cheaper to bury these lines instead of having them exposed like that. Maybe it wouldn't - I don't know the cost of burying power lines. But it would alleviate stuff like this.
In 1997 we had a similar ice storm in Eastern Nebraska and at the time we lived in the center of Lincoln with tons of tall old trees everywhere. We lost power for 11 days and it was damned cold. We were using candles for warmth there towards the end. But my friend lived in a newer neighborhood (where we now live) with buried power lines. He was without electricity for 3-4 hours, not the 11 days we were out.