Ice storm cleanup begins

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OKLAHOMA CITY - The cleanup in the metro area is beginning, even though the fight with the season's first ice storm is not over.

People around Oklahoma City spent portions of their Saturday cleaning up damage from the storm.

On the southeast side, people living in a mobile home park used chainsaws to chop up fallen branches before discarding them.

The state's utilities meanwhile called in as many people as they could to repair broken lines.

OG&E said it had more than 300 people in place - some from as far away as Ft. Smith and Ardmore.

Other utilities in unaffected areas pitched in, too.

The company also had 81 tree trimmers working to stem the damage.

"Mother Nature's just not helping us today," said Kathleen O'Shea, a spokesperson for OG&E. "[There are] lots of people out there, but ice storms are difficult storms to work, because the damage is so widespread, and it changes."

In The Village, some are trying to take things into their own hands.

Kell Miller used a broom to knock ice off a tree, trying to save what was still attached.

Down the street, meanwhile, Karen Cowan is content to sit inside and watch the limbs fall into her yard.

"That's nature," she said. "That's what happens."

She'll have help cleaning up the limbs later but, in the meantime, she's counting her blessings.

"I'm just grateful that no damage was done to my home or anyone else's home," Cowan said.