From chainsaws to hand saws, The News On 6's Dan Bewley reports the city of Nowata is a mess. Dana Sanders lives in Nowata. Sanders says itâ€™s unreal that no one was in her car when a tree fell on it Monday.
â€œWe had just got home and we were out of the car maybe five minutes and we heard a big boom and that was it,â€ Sanders said.
â€œI have lived in Oklahoma all my life, which is 65 years, and I can never remember it being this bad, said Nowata resident Jo Ann Sorensonâ€
Sorenson and her husband Al are two of dozens of people to take up shelter at the cityâ€™s fire department. Its generator is the only one in a town without power.
â€œIt keeps going on, going out. There are some people in the rural areas that surround Nowata that do have electricity and water,â€ said Lucinda Akins, with the American Red Cross.
The Red Cross opened a shelter Sunday afternoon, giving the 2,700 Nowata residents a place to stay warm and get a hot meal.
Power is not expected to be restored until Wednesday.
Watch the video: Nowata Residents Cope With Ice & Outages