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Cleco Power Winter Storm Update – 5 p.m.

PINEVILLE, La., Feb. 4, 2011 – Although Cleco Power has restored electricity to thousands of customers since early this morning, there will be customers without power into Saturday.

“We still have contractors, tree trimmers and Cleco employees on the job,” said Anthony Bunting, vice president of customer service and energy delivery. “We are concentrating workers from restored areas to the hardest hit areas, and some crews will work through the night.”

Throughout the afternoon Cleco has experienced thousands of new outages. “This storm has been frustrating for our customers and for our workers, but we are going to beat it,” Bunting said.

As of 5 p.m. there are 17,006 Cleco Power customers without power. Customers should report sagging or downed lines to Cleco at 1-800-622-6537.

Current power outages (largest concentration of outages in parentheses):

Grant Parish: 3,517 (Bentley, Pollock, Dry Prong, Colfax)
Rapides Parish: 12,803 (parishwide)
Avoyelles Parish: 3
Evangeline Parish: 262 (Ville Platte)
St. Landry Parish: 363 (Opelousas)
Desoto Parish: 1 (Eunice)
Acadia Parish: 57

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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