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Ice causing power outages for Cleco

PINEVILLE, La., Feb. 4, 2011 – Ice on tree limbs is still causing trouble for Cleco.  As crews are repairing lines additional outages are occurring as limbs continue to break and fall into the electric system.

Cleco has approximately 800 line mechanics, tree trimmers, contractors and support staff working to put power back on to approximately 21,800 customers statewide.  The majority of the outages are concentrated in the central and south central areas of the state.

Cleco is receiving reports of downed power lines and reminds everyone to stay away from power lines that are lying on the ground. Report sagging or downed lines to Cleco at 1-800-622-6537.

Customers using generators should remember to follow manufacturer’s guidelines.  Never plug a generator into an outlet as power could backflow from the home to the lines where crews are working. Always plug appliances into a generator and operate the generator in a well-ventilated area.

Cleco crews and contractors are currently working to restore power to the following areas.  Hardest impacted areas are in parentheses:

Grant Parish: 1,386 (parishwide)
Rapides Parish:   9,752 (Ball, Pineville, Deville)
Acadia Parish:   1,776 (Crowley)


Avoyelles Parish:   13
Evangeline Parish: 4,426 (Ville Platte)
St. Landry Parish: 4,329 (Opelousas)
Iberia:  3

Cleco Corp. is a regional energy company headquartered in Pineville, La. It operates a regulated electric utility company, Cleco Power LLC, which serves about 277,000 retail customers across Louisiana.  Cleco also operates a wholesale energy business, Cleco Midstream Resources LLC, which includes the pending sale of Acadia Power Station Unit 2.  For more information about Cleco, visit www.cleco.com.

Media Contact:
Cleco Corp.
Robbyn Cooper
(318) 484-7136
(318) 308-7604

Susan Broussard
(318) 484-7773
(318) 308-7600 

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