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Cleco restores power to 91 percent of customers following storms

Pineville, La., Oct. 28, 2019 (9 a.m.) – Cleco has restored power to 25,500 of the 28,000 customers who experienced outages after remnants of Tropical Storm Olga moved across Cleco’s service territory in St. Tammany and Washington parishes early Saturday morning.

“Our crews will continue to work throughout the day, and we expect the remaining 2,500 customers who can receive power will have their power restored today,” said James Lass, general manager of distribution operations and emergency management.   

Damage

Parts of St. Tammany and Washington parishes were hit with winds over 70 MPH.  There was extensive damage to Cleco’s system and equipment, including damage to multiple substations, over 35 broken poles, damage to crossarms and downed wire.  In addition to system and equipment damage, crews encountered impassable or closed roads due to debris which has proved challenging to our restoration efforts.  As such the company brought in specialized equipment.

Resources

Immediately following the storm, the company secured Cleco personnel from unaffected areas, as well as brought in 175 contractors to assist with clean-up, repairs and restoration efforts.  After initial damage assessments, Cleco brought in more Cleco line mechanics from around the state and four additional line mechanic contractor crews and vegetation specialists.

 

“Cleco remains prepared with the workforce, materials and equipment necessary to restore power safely and efficiently,” said Lass.  “We appreciate our customers’ patience and thank our crews and contractors for their hard work.”

Follow Cleco on Facebook at @ClecoPower for the latest 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 nine generating assets with a total nameplate capacity of 3,310 MWs and serves approximately 290,000 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, five wholesale municipal customers and one electric utility. For more information about Cleco, visit us at www.cleco.com

 

Media Contact:

Jennifer Cahill

318-484-7411

 



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