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Cleco storm restoration update - 5 p.m.

PINEVILLE, La. – April 14, 2019 – 5 p.m. update – Tonight, Cleco expects to restore power to 99 percent of the over 12,000 customers who experienced outages after severe thunderstorms impacted its service territory.

Cleco has line mechanics and contractors responding to 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 1,500 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, general manager of distribution operations and emergency management.  “Tonight we expect to restore power to 99 percent of customers affected by the storms with the remaining approximately 100 customers restored by noon tomorrow.” 

Outages as of 5 p.m. 

Avoyelles Parish - 55 customers

Beauregard Parish - 115 customers

Grant Parish - 627 customers

LaSalle Parish - 59

Rapides Parish - 557 customers

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 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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