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Cleco restores more than 90 percent of customers affected by TS Lee

Cleco crews restoring power, cleaning up after TS Lee 

PINEVILLE, La., Sept. 5, 2011 – Cleco crews and contractors made progress Monday morning restoring power and repairing damages to 6,000 of the customers affected by Tropical Storm Lee.  Approximately 20,000 customers in eastern, southern and central Louisiana lost power Sunday evening as Lee dumped rain and sent wind gusts up to 50 miles per hour across the area.

“We were able to make repairs to the outages on Saturday and Sunday morning, but later in the day it became unsafe for us to work,” said Anthony Bunting, vice president of customer service and energy delivery.  “We are finding broken poles and downed wire, damage typical of a tropical storm.  With the extra help we have on hand, we’re going to make significant progress today.”

Cleco has called in contractors as well as crews from other parts of its service territory to assist in restoration. To report an outage call 1-800-622-6537.

Avoyelles 408 
Evangeline 101
Grant 151
LaSalle 105 
Rapides 783 
St. Tammany 52 
Total 1600

      
Cleco Corp. is a regional energy company headquartered in Pineville, La. It operates a regulated electric utility company, Cleco Power LLC, which serves about 279,000 retail customers across Louisiana.  Cleco also operates a wholesale energy business, Cleco Midstream Resources. For more information about Cleco, visit www.cleco.com. 

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Media Contact:
Robbyn Cooper
Office: 318-484-7136
Cell: 318-308-7604
Susan Broussard
Office: 318-484-7773
Cell: 318-308-7600


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