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Cleco experiencing outages

PINEVILLE, La., Feb. 4, 2011 – Cleco is experiencing outages in the central Louisiana area as a result of ice accumulation.  The weight of the ice has caused tree limbs to break and fall into power lines, which are already coated with ice.

Power lines could be on the ground tangled in the debris of fallen tree limbs, so Cleco urges everyone to be careful if they must go outside.  Assume all downed lines are dangerous and stay away.

Cleco reports that outages started at approximately 3:30 a.m. and have continued to rise.  As the freezing rain continues, Cleco expects more outages to occur.

Cleco crews and contractors are currently working to restore power to the following areas:

Grant Parish:  208
Rapides Paris: 2,963
Acadia Parish:   711
Avoyelles Parish: 495
Evangeline Parish: 2
St. Landry Parish:  228

Cleco Corp. is a regional energy company headquartered in Pineville, La. It operates a regulated electric utility company, Cleco Power LLC, which serves about 277,000 retail customers across Louisiana.  Cleco also operates a wholesale energy business, Cleco Midstream Resources LLC, which includes the pending sale of Acadia Power Station Unit 2.  For more information about Cleco, visit www.cleco.com.

Media Contact:
Cleco Corp.
Robbyn Cooper
(318) 484-7136
(318) 308-7604

Susan Broussard
(318) 484-7773
(318) 308-7600 

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