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Cleco restores power to 87 percent of customers following Tropical Storm Cristobal

PINEVILLE, La. – June 7, 2020 (9 p.m. update) – Cleco has restored power to 3,053 of the roughly 3,500 customers who lost electricity due to Tropical Storm Cristobal.

As of 9 p.m., 447 customers were without power.  The majority of these customers are in St. Tammany Parish with a few reported outages in Washington Parish.   

“We’ve restored power to 87 percent of our customers, but we expect new power outages as the center of the storm moves inland.  Rain, flooding and high winds are forecasted to continue through Monday morning,” said James Lass, director of distribution operations and emergency management.  “While our crews are still working, some customers in these areas will be without power overnight.  We recommend customers with medical needs and small children make the necessary arrangements for tonight.”

Safety tips during and after Tropical Storm Cristobal:

  • Listen to local radio and TV stations for power outage and restoration status reports.
  • If water is rising, turn off electricity at the main breaker, evacuate and stay away until the water has completely receded.  
  • Generators should be operated outdoors only in well-ventilated areas.  Plug appliances directly into portable generators with grounded extension cords that can handle the load. Never plug a generator into a wall outlet.  Don't exceed the rated capacity of the generator and only refuel when the engine is off and cool.
  • Be mindful of the COVID-19 pandemic and make every effort to avoid Cleco work zones. 
  • Assume all downed lines are live and stay away.  Report downed lines immediately by calling 1-800-622-6537 or 911.

For additional safety tips, please visit www.cleco.com.  You also can follow Cleco on Facebook at @ClecoPower for the latest storm updates.

Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC is a regional energy holding company that conducts its business operations through its subsidiaries, Cleco Power LLC and Cleco Cajun LLC. Cleco Power is a regulated electric public utility company that owns 10 generating assets with a total nameplate capacity of 3,360 MWs and serves approximately 288,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi.  Cleco Cajun is an unregulated utility company that owns eight generating assets with a total nameplate capacity of 3,555 MWs, with contracts serving nine Louisiana cooperatives, three wholesale municipal customers and one electric utility.  For more information about Cleco, visit us at www.cleco.com.  


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