Here are some before and after shots:
Yesterday, my neighbor Randy came over from across the street and helped me cut up some of the waste into firewood, which he will use in his stove. What isn't used for firewood will go through my chipper later and become mulch for the vegetable garden.
After the firemen finished dealing with the damaged limbs, the trees looked a little lopsided, so on Sunday I did some more pruning to shape things up. Here are the results:
I think that on balance, the trees are better off for losing the limbs in the storm. They needed to be limbed up anyway, in order to open up the view to the house. These live oaks were also somewhat heavy in the leaf canopy, leaving them vulnerable to just the sort of ice build up that caused the problem. Live oaks are native to Texas, but they are not native to the Llano (few trees are), and since they keep their leaves in winter, they are not really built for heavy ice. Besides, I've always preferred the look of live oaks that are pruned to show the wonderful organic shapes of their branches.
I wouldn't normally prune them back so hard all at once, but I think they'll recover just fine and start putting on new growth again come spring.