PINEVILLE, La. (KTAL/KMSS) –– Cleco has now restored power to over 700 of the 3,600 customers affected by the mix of ice and snow in northwest Louisiana.
According to Cleco officials, these are the latest power outages as of 12 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11:
- DeSoto – 2,138
- Natchitoches – 47
- Red River – 149
- Sabine – 531
Cleco estimates the majority of its customers should have their power back on today.
Director of Distribution Operations and Emergency Management James Lass said, “There may be some scattered outages in our northern parishes overnight due the amount of ice and snow north Louisiana received. While we are working to restore power to all customers today, there’s a possibility some customers might be without power until tomorrow.”
Cleco employees began working as soon as conditions were safe. The company also called in contract line mechanics and tree trimmers to assist in north Louisiana, the hardest hit region in Cleco’s service territory.
Lass added, “We have a sufficient number of workers in central and north Louisiana to restore power. We’re asking our customers to be patient and safe, as roads and ditches in certain areas are iced over. Also, stay away from downed trees, downed power lines, and operate portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas.”
- Make sure it’s safe to travel. Elevated freeways and bridges are prone to dangerous ice build-up when they get wet during cold temperatures.
- Operate portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas and plug appliances directly into generators with grounded extension cords. Never plug a generator into a wall outlet.
- Assume all downed power lines are live and stay away. Report downed power lines immediately by calling 1-800-622-6537 and 911.