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Cleco crews working to restore power following severe thunderstorms

Apr 29, 2020

Pineville, La., April 29, 2020 (10:30 a.m. update) – Severe thunderstorms moved through Cleco’s service territory early this morning causing power outages to nearly 20,000 customers. 

So far, Cleco has restored power to over 10,000 customers.  The severe storms impacted many of the parishes Cleco serves with Grant and Rapides being the hardest hit. 

As of 10:30 a.m., Cleco had approximately 8,162 customers without power.

“Cleco crews are working hard to restore power to all those impacted by these severe thunderstorms, and we are getting some contractor crews to assist us,” said James Lass, director of distribution operations and emergency management.  “Crews also are working to clear debris and pick up electrical power lines and poles knocked down by the damaging winds.”

Cleco reminds customers to be aware of possible downed power lines.  Stay away from low-hanging or downed power lines and do not touch anything touching a downed power line.  Call Cleco and 911 to report an unsafe situation with electricity.  For additional safety tips, please visit

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Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC is a regional energy holding company that conducts its business operations through its subsidiaries, Cleco Power LLC and Cleco Cajun LLC. Cleco Power is a regulated electric public utility company that owns 10 generating assets with a total nameplate capacity of 3,360 MWs and serves approximately 288,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi.  Cleco Cajun is an unregulated utility company that owns eight generating assets with a total nameplate capacity of 3,555 MWs, with contracts serving nine Louisiana cooperatives, three wholesale municipal customers and one electric utility.  For more information about Cleco, visit us at

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