Area motels and hotels are booked up and the waiting lists are long thanks to record amounts of ice and hazardous driving conditions in neighboring counties.

Still Monday’s skies broke into sunshine around mid morning, shedding little warmth, but some light on the disastrous situation that has left as many as 103,000 homes and businesses throughout eastern Oklahoma without power.

As the fifth day of a record-setting winter storm gripped the area, city and county workers and a few volunteers were digging out ice accumulation that in some parts of the state measured up to four inches.

“Knock on wood, Rogers County has gotten off pretty easy so far,” Emergency Management Services Director Bob Anderson said.

East of Claremore, in Mayes County, major power outages have seen multiple shelters set up in Pryor, Locust Grove and Salina.

Anderson said his office is on standby for Mayes County mutual aid but so far the State Emergency Services office has been encouraging everyone to “stay at home to deal with local emergencies in case we are impacted.”

In Claremore, hotels and motels have seen an unprecedented peak in business due to the cold and power outages.

“We’re totally booked — things have gone through the roof over the weekend,” said Debby Blair, Day’s Inn general manager. “Primarily, people have been coming in to us from Pryor and Inola — the areas without power — a few from Adair, even some from right here in Claremore.”

With temperatures not expected to climb past the freezing point throughout most of the week, Blair said she doesn’t expect business to slow down any time soon.

“At this point, there’s no end in sight for us,” she said. “We’ve been running at maximum occupancy since Saturday, and we’ve got a long waiting list — our phone’s just been ringing off the hook, and I know the situation is the same all around town.”

Still road crews on 24-hour work schedules had, by Monday afternoon, cleared nearly all main roadways throughout the county.

Both major and minor city arterials inside the city limits were open and city crews were already busy making passes through residential streets with a “buckshot” mixture of limestone and salt on Monday afternoon.

“We’re still on 24-hour duty until we get this stuff cleared up,” Daryl Golbek, director of Public Infrastructure said. “That could be a few more days.”

County workers were busy restocking dwindling sand and salt supplies as they will be dealing with ongoing re-icing as temperatures rise in the day and drop in the evening and night hours.

County Commission Chair Kirt Thacker signed a county disaster declaration Monday opening the way for agencies and other entities eligible for financial aid in materials and debris removal through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) disaster program.

Director David Paulison said FEMA has been specifically authorized to identify, mobilize, and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency. Debris removal and emergency protective measures will be provided at 75 percent federal funding.

Anderson said emergency workers are expecting “a lot of trees and tree limbs will be coming down” over the next few days as the toll of ice build-up is felt.

“So far we’ve only had sporadic outages east of Claremore, but with the amount of ice we’ve received a lot of trees and tree limbs will be coming down,” he said.