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Cleco Power ready to respond to outages from Isaac once weather conditions return to safe levels

PINEVILLE, La., Aug. 28, 2012 - Cleco Corporation has a workforce of more than 2,400 company and contract workers from across the southeast United States ready to restore power throughout its service territory when weather permits.

As of 8 p.m., Cleco is reporting about 3,000 customers in St. Tammany and Washington parishes without power. As the storm has now made landfall and weather conditions in the Northshore of New Orleans have worsened, Cleco has called in workers from the field due to unsafe conditions.

"We have been restoring power all afternoon as Isaac's winds have caused outages; however, weather conditions have now reached a dangerous level and we must pull our workers in for safety," said James Lass, Cleco's storm manager. "This means that if a customer's power is currently out, it likely will remain out throughout the night. We will have our workers ready to restore power after winds have calmed, and it is safe for them to work."

At tropical storm level wind speeds, it becomes unsafe for workers to be in buckets and climb poles. Cleco is committed to restoring power as quickly and safely as possible but the company must ensure safety for everyone involved and not risk further damage to the system.

Cleco reminds customers that downed power lines can be energized and dangerous. Stay away from low or sagging lines and lines that are lying on the ground. Call Cleco at 1-800-622-6537 to report a dangerous situation with power lines.

For the latest outage information, log on to cleco.com and view storm center information.

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 2,524 megawatts and serves approximately 281,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and 10 communities across Louisiana and Mississippi through wholesale power contracts. Cleco also owns a wholesale energy business, Cleco Midstream Resources LLC, which owns two natural gas-fired generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 775 megawatts. For more information about Cleco, visit www.cleco.com.

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