The mystery of why thousands of dead blackbirds were found in a small town in Arkansas on New Year's Eve has been solved. Loud sounds, possibly fireworks, scared the birds from their roosts, sending them into a panic that led them flying into house and in some cases, directly into the ground. Here's the initial video report of the event:
Imagine what you would do if you had no electricity, heat, or water for almost a week. Utility crews are trying to get power back on for nearly a million customers left without electricity by an ice storm that crippled parts of several states.
American Red Cross said their organization had opened more than 34 shelters for some 2,000 people. One administrator is asking people to pack a suitcase and head south and find a motel because the elementary school cannot hold the 9000 needing shelter.
The storm that began in the Midwest had been blamed or suspected in at least 42 deaths, including 11 in Kentucky, nine in Arkansas, six each in Texas and Missouri, three in Virginia, two each in Oklahoma, Indiana and West Virginia and one in Ohio. Most were blamed on hypothermia, traffic accidents and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Local officials grew angrier at what they said was a lack of help from the state and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA has shipped 50 to 100 generators to the state to supply electricity to such facilities as hospitals, nursing homes and water treatment plants. Emergency Management Director Randell Smith said the 25 National Guardsmen who have responded have no chain saws to clear fallen trees.