UPDATE: SWEPCO revises power restoration times, CLECO restores power to 81 percent of customers

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SHREVEPORT, La. (KTAL/KMSS) –– SWEPCO and CLECO crews are continuing their efforts to restore power to all of its customers following Hurricane Laura.

There are still SWECPO customers in Northwest Louisiana and surrounding areas who are without electricity:

  • Bossier Parish – 128
  • Caddo Parish – 533
  • DeSoto Parish – 422
  • Natchitoches Parish – 6, 064
  • Red River Parish – 31
  • Sabine Parish – 6, 025

SWEPCO has pushed the estimated restoration times for many Central Louisiana communities to the weekend because crews have encountered more damage and difficulties with accessing work sites.

SWEPCO president and chief operating officer Malcolm Smoak said, “We recognize this is a tremendous hardship for our customers. Workers are reporting major damage to the power grid. Their repair work been slowed by standing water, mud and downed trees.”

Smoak added, “Hurricane Laura has been an historic storm for Louisiana and for SWEPCO. This hurricane caused more damage to SWEPCO’s transmission and distribution system than any storm in our company’s history. This is also the largest number of outside resources we have called in to a SWEPCO storm restoration.”

The hurricane damaged 23 transmission lines, 20 substations and more than 500 utility poles. Transmission lines and substations move energy from power plants to homes and businesses served by SWEPCO.

Workers have repaired SWEPCO’s transmission system and 17 out of 20 substations. The company continues to coordinate repairs with Cleco and Energy, which operate stations near Derry and Verda. Both are expected to be energized today.

Natchitoches area estimated times of restoration:

Provencal

  • 10 p.m. Friday – Hagewood Hwy 6 to Hwy 504 Oak Grove community
  • 10 p.m. Saturday – Hwy 120 Provencal and east to Cypress
  • 10 p.m. Sunday – Provencal and south on Hwy. 117 to Belwood; Hagewood Hwy. 6 to Robeline

Verda

  • 10 p.m. Saturday – Hwy. 471 Verda to Atlanta, La; Verda Hwy. 471 and Hwy 122 to Dry Prong
  • 10 p.m. Sunday – Verda Hwy 122 to Montgomery

Derry

  • 10 p.m. Thursday – Derry La Hwy 1 north to Cypress, La
  • 10 p.m. Friday – Derry La Hwy. 119 to Melrose
  • 10 p.m. Saturday – Derry La Hwy. 1 south to Marco

Many

  • 10 p.m. Friday – Many Marthaville Rd
  • 10 p.m. Sunday – Many Hwy 6 runs east to Robeline Ft. Jessup area

Marthaville

  • 10 p.m. Thursday – Marthaville Hwy 487 to Ajax
  • 10 p.m. Saturday – Marthaville Hwy. 120 to Robeline; Marthaville Hwy 120 to Natchitoches Parish/Sabine Parish line

Cane River

  • 10 p.m. Wednesday – Keyser Ave and Blanchard Rd, Sudberry subdivision
  • 10 p.m. Saturday- Hwy. 1 south to Natchez and Hwy 1 bypass to I-49

Grand Ecore

  • 10 p.m. Thursday – Hwy 6 at Grand Ecore and Hwy. 3191 Oak Grove community
  • 10 p.m. Sunday – Hwy. 6 west of Grand Ecore and Clarence community, St. Maurice, Montgomery

Campti

  • 10 p.m. Friday – Campti Hwy 71 south to Clarence
  • 10 p.m. Saturday – Campti Hwy. 71 north to Fairview; Campti Hwy. 480 east to Sandy Point

Belmont

  • 10 p.m. Wednesday – Belmont Hwy. 120 to Marthaville
  • 10 p.m. Thursday – Belmont Hwy. 175 south to Many and Hwy 175 north to Pleasant Hill

Powhattan

  • 10 p.m. Wednesday – Powhattan Hwy. 1 North to Hwy 174 and Hwy 174 west to Ajax; Powhattan Hwy 1 south to Natchitoches

Creston

  • 10 p.m. Wednesday – Creston Hwy 9 north to Reidhimer and Saline; Creston Hwy 9 Hwy. 156 to Goldonna
  • 10 p.m. Thursday – Creston Hwy. 9 to Campti, Bells Camp community

Colfax

  • 10 p.m. Saturday – Colfax Hwy 492 to Rock Hill community, Meade Rd

For updates and photos, see SWEPCO.com and follow SWEPCO on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

As of noon Thursday, Sept. 3 Cleco had restored power to roughly 113,838, or 81 percent, of the 140,000 customers affected by Hurricane Laura. At 8 a.m., that number was 112,776.

CLECO Director of Distribution Operations and Emergency Management James Lass said, “The numbers continue to improve daily, and as of this morning, we’ve even surpassed the workforce we had during Hurricane Katrina restoration. Cleco now has 4,200 internal and external resources dedicated to Hurricane Laura restoration efforts. This includes employees, line contractors, tree trimmers from about 16 states and logistic resources.”

Below are customer outages by parish as of noon:

As progress continues, Cleco reminds customers to stay away from downed trees with power lines that may be on or near their property.

Lass said, “Don’t attempt to remove a tree from a power line because the line may not be grounded and de-energized. If the line is not de-energized, this could cause serious injuries or death. No one should ever assume that a power line is dead. Never, ever touch downed power lines.”

Please watch attached video showing this electrical hazard.

Customers also should always assume downed power lines are live and stay away. Report downed power lines immediately by calling (800) 622-6537 and 911.

For additional information on Cleco’s storm restoration efforts, follow the company on Facebook @ClecoPower or visit Cleco’s Storm Center page at cleco.com/storm-center.

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