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Cleco restores power to 90 percent of customers following severe storms

Pineville, La., May 30, 2017 – Tonight, Cleco expects to restore power to 90 percent of the 15,000 customers who experienced outages after severe thunderstorms impacted the central and northern portions of its service territory. 

Cleco has approximately 100 line mechanics responding to the restoration effort, as well as additional resources committed to support the restoration effort.  Damage includes broken poles and crossarms, as well as downed power lines due to trees and limbs hitting the electric system as strong winds blew through the area. 

As of 5 p.m., Cleco had approximately 3,000 customers without power.  Even though crews have made progress, some customers will remain without power through the night.  Cleco expects to have crews working through the night and tomorrow to return power to customers. 

“Cleco crews have been working around the clock to restore power to customers,” said James Lass, manager of distribution operations and emergency management.  “We are pleased with our progress and expect to restore power to 99 percent of customers affected by the storms by tomorrow night.” 

Parish

Customer outages

Avoyelles

83

Desoto

2,087

Natchitoches

27

Red River

728

Sabine

163

 

For the most up-to-the-minute outage information, visit Cleco’s Storm Center page at www.cleco.com/outage-map

Even with power restored to most customers, electric lines still could be lying on the ground. Cleco reminds everyone to stay away from downed power lines. Even if power has been restored in an area, it is not safe to assume lines are de-energized. Stay away and keep others away.  To report a potentially dangerous situation with electricity, call 911 or Cleco at 1-800-622-6537.

Cleco is a regional energy company that conducts substantially all of its business operation through its primary subsidiary, Cleco Power. Cleco Power is a regulated electric utility company that owns nine generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 3,310 MWs and serves approximately 288,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi.  For more information about Cleco, visit www.cleco.com.

Media Contact:

Jennifer Cahill

(o) 318-484-7411

(c) 318-308-5175                          

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