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1/02/2007

Snow-Covered Plains Still Without Power

Breaking Earth News: Midwest USA

Photo: In this photo provided by the Kansas Highway Patrol a farm is shown covered with snow Monday, Jan. 1, 2007, near Tribune, Kan.

OMAHA, Neb. Jan 2, 2007 (AP)— Utility crews struggled to restore electrical service to tens of thousands of homes in four states Tuesday as grocery store shelves went bare and ranchers tried to reach hungry cattle isolated after a blizzard dumped nearly 3 feet of snow on the Plains.
In Colorado, National Guard troops and state workers prepared to bring groceries into snowbound areas with Humvees and drop hay bales into farm fields.
Across the region, from the Oklahoma panhandle to Nebraska, planes have been searching snow-covered highways and fields for stranded travelers and using heat-sensing equipment to locate cattle in need of food. Hay could be dropped by military planes or helicopters or delivered by snowmobile, said Polly White of the Colorado Division of Emergency Management.

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