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Cleco to restore power to 96 percent to customers

PINEVILLE, La. – Nov. 2, 2018 – Tonight, Cleco expects to restore power to 96 percent of the 10,000 customers in Rapides and Grant parishes who experienced outages following tornados and strong winds that ripped through the area on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

“Crews began preparing before the storms hit the area and have been working around the clock ever since,” said James Lass, general manager of distribution operations and emergency management.  “While our crews are making progress, some customers in the Louisiana College and Camp Beauregard areas will remain without power through the night.”

Currently, 800 customers in Rapides and Grant parishes are without power.  Cleco expects to restore power to half of those customers tonight and anticipates the remaining 400 customers will be restored by tomorrow.

“In addition to broken cross arms and poles, downed wire and damaged transformers, our crews are still clearing debris and encountering inaccessible or impassable roads,” said Lass.  “This makes our restoration efforts more challenging and can slow down our progress.”  

Cleco customers with medical needs and small children are encouraged to make arrangements for tonight. 

“We appreciate our customers’ patience as crews work into the weekend to safely and efficiently restore power,” said Lass.

Cleco Corporate Holdings LLC 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 290,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and supplies wholesale power in Louisiana and Mississippi.  For more information about Cleco, visit us at www.cleco.com. 

Media Contact:

Jennifer Cahill

318-484-7411

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