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Cleco continues restoration efforts

PINEVILLE, La., Feb. 12, 2014 – Cleco is making progress with restoration of outages in the central Louisiana area. Cleco has restored power to 41 percent of its customers. At the height of the storm, Cleco had 31,000 customers without power.

“As the ice on the trees begins to melt, limbs are hitting our lines as they snap back to normal position from under the weight of the ice,” said Anthony Bunting, vice president transmission and distribution operations. “We have seen some outage numbers decrease only to increase again. We appreciate our customers’ patience as we continue to make steady progress with this restoration effort.

“Unfortunately, we will have some customers without power through the night,” said Bunting. “We expect to have the majority of our customers restored tomorrow with a few customers in outlying areas seeing restoration on Friday.”

Below are times of expected power restoration by town:

Thursday mid-day: Effie, Moreauville, Cottonport, Mansura, Boyce, Hineston, Sieper, Glenmora, and Elmer

Thursday evening: Bunkie, Turkey Creek, Ville Platte, Evergreen, Pine Prairie, St Landry, Alexandria, Lecompte, Forest Hill, Woodworth, Cheneyville, Simmesport, Hessmer, Pineville, Deville, Pollock, Ball, and Dry Prong.

As of 5 p.m., Cleco reports the following outages:

Allen Parish - 3
Avoyelles Parish – 6,405
Evangeline Parish – 481
Grant Parish – 919
Rapides Parish – 10,550
Total 18,358

Cleco urges customers to use caution around downed power lines. Stay away and call 911 or Cleco at 1-800-622-6537.

Cleco Corporation is a regional energy company headquartered in Pineville, La.  Cleco owns a regulated electric utility company, Cleco Power LLC, which owns nine generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 2,565 megawatts and serves approximately 283,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and supplies wholesale power across Louisiana and Mississippi. Cleco Power has received federal and state regulatory approval to acquire two gas-fired generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 775 megawatts from its unregulated affiliate, Cleco Midstream Resources LLC. For more information about Cleco, visit http://www.cleco.com/

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