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Mar 29, 2014 6:26 PM by Press Release

Power Restored to Most Customers Impacted by Severe Thunderstorm

PINEVILLE, La. - Cleco has restored power to 71 percent of the 26,000 customers who experienced outages after a severe thunderstorm impacted the central and northern portions of its service territory.

Cleco has approximately 250 workers responding to the restoration effort. Damage includes nearly 50 broken poles, numerous broken crossarms and extensive downed wire created by trees and tree limbs hitting the electric system as strong winds blew through the area.

As of 4 p.m., Cleco had 7,438 customers without power. Even though crews have made progress with the restoration, some customers will remain without power throughout the night. Cleco expects to have crews working during the night to return power to customers.

"We have seen positive results today and are pleased with our progress," said Anthony Bunting, vice president of transmission and distribution operations. "This storm produced high winds that caused widespread damage to our system. We have the supplies, workers and equipment needed to support our efforts, and we expect to restore power to all customers by Sunday."

Cleco warns that downed power lines can be energized and dangerous. Stay away from all power lines and do not attempt to move an object that is touching a downed line. Call 911 or Cleco to report a dangerous situation with electricity.

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