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Cleco crews stand ready to respond

Aug 30, 2017

Pineville, La. – As heavy rain and strong winds begin to impact Cleco’s service territory, Cleco has nearly 100 crews ready to respond to weather related power outages and clear debris that may come into contact with its power lines.

“Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall near Lake Charles early this morning and is expected to cross the state before exiting the northeast corner by Thursday morning,” said James Lass, general manager of distribution operations and emergency equipment. “Cleco line crews and contractor crews are currently responding to reports of scattered outages.” 

The path and impact of Tropical Storm Harvey continues to prove unpredictable, and Cleco reminds customers to remain vigilant to ever-changing weather conditions.  In the event of flooding, remember to never walk, swim or drive through water.  If you come upon flood waters, stop, turn around and go another way. 

“The threat for Cleco customers remains flooding,” said Lass.  “With additional rain comes an increased possibility that trees will weaken and limbs can fall, impacting our electrical system.  In addition to our line crews, we have right-of-way crews to specifically assist with clearing trees and debris from Cleco lines.”

Cleco customers are encouraged to report outages online at, via text message or by calling 1-800-622-6537.  For up-to-the-minute outage information and restoration efforts, visit Cleco’s Storm Center website