Cleco working to restore power to remaining two percent of customers affected by Hurricane Delta
Company offers these customers estimated times for restoration
PINEVILLE, La. – Oct. 14, 2020 (noon) – As of noon today, Cleco had restored power to 98 percent of the more than 132,000 customers who lost power due to Hurricane Delta.
“We’re very close to wrapping up our Hurricane Delta storm restoration. Customers with structural damage to their property or equipment on their side of the meter will have to make repairs before service can be restored,” said James Lass, director of distribution operations and emergency management. “This has been a very active hurricane season, and we appreciate our customers’ patience.”
Delta made landfall as a Category 2 Hurricane Friday night. The storm left nearly 46 percent of Cleco’s 288,000 customers without power. It was the second hurricane to hit Cleco’s service area in less than six weeks.
“Weakened trees from Hurricane Laura followed by strong winds from Delta knocked down trees, utility poles and power lines, and damaged system equipment, as well as flooded substations and rights-of-way,” said Lass. “For Delta, the major challenge was flooding. In some communities like Sieper, even with our specialized equipment, we had to wait until the water receded within our rights-of-way for safety reasons before we could begin making repairs.”
Below are estimated times for restoration (ETR) in parishes impacted by Hurricane Delta. Please note that unexpected damage or inclement weather could impact restoration efforts and timelines.
- ETR for Bentley is today, Wednesday, Oct. 14.
- In the Sieper area, multiple crews are working on Hwy. 465, Hwy. 121, Price Road, Powell Road and Tolbert Road.ETR is today, Wednesday, Oct. 14.However, high water conditions have been challenging and could impact restoration efforts.
- Customers in Flatwoods have power.
- All customers who can take power will have power by tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 14.
Allen and Beauregard Parishes
- Ragley/Longville customers – Crews estimate that the majority of customers will have power restored by tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 14.There might be a few customers without power overnight, and they will have power by tomorrow night. Crews are working in challenging terrain and making repairs via airboats.
- Crowley – Crews estimate that all customers who can accept power will have power by tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 14.There might be a few customers who will remain without power overnight, and crews expect to restore power to those customers by tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 15.
St. Landry Parish
- Opelousas – Crews estimate that all customers who can accept power will have power restored by tonight, Wednesday, Oct. 14.