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Power restored to 13,000 customers

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Damage from second winter storm is significant

Posted: Feb 18, 2021 12:06 PM

PINEVILLE, La. – Feb. 18, 2021 (11 a.m.) – Cleco has restored power to approximately 13,000 customers since the second winter storm moved across the company’s service territory yesterday. Initial damage assessments are uncovering significant system and equipment damage. “The damage in Rapides Parish is the most severe based on our initial damage assessments in central Louisiana,” said James Lass, director of distribution operations and emergency management. “So far, we’ve found 32 trees on our lines just in Rapides Parish, and we expect to find more. We’ve also found broken poles and cross arms. This second storm was by far more severe than the damage we saw after the first storm.” As of 11 a.m., roughly 30,000 customers are without power. At the height of the storm, approximately 43,000 customers were without power. “While repairs are ongoing and restoration is underway, we do expect there will be power outages into the weekend for some customers,” said Lass. How to report a power outage: Online through MyAccount at cleco.com, Contact Us form on cleco.com, direct message Cleco on Facebook at @ClecoPower or call 1-800-622-6537.

Power Outages as of 11 a.m.

Allen Parish 560

Avoyelles Parish 7,288

Beauregard Parish 74

Catahoula Parish 24

DeSoto Parish 427

Evangeline Parish 1,368

Grant Parish 1,586

Jefferson Davis Parish 5

LaSalle Parish 11

Natchitoches Parish 394

Rapides Parish 14,302

Red River Parish 619

Sabine Parish 3,189

St. Landry Parish 17

St. Mary Parish 13

St. Tammany Parish 27

Vernon Parish 34

For the latest information on power outages and restoration efforts, visit Cleco’s Storm Center page at www.cleco.com or follow the company on Facebook at Cleco Power.

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