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Power restored to 68% of affected Cleco customers after Laura

Cleco makes changes to computer system, including payments
Posted at 4:42 PM, Sep 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-01 17:43:36-04

Cleco has restored power to 68 percent of its customers affected by Hurricane Laura as of 3 p.m. on Tuesday.

Statewide, 140,000 customers experienced outages after Laura extensively damaged Cleco's system, including damaging its transmission and distribution equipment. During initial assessments conducted thus far, crews have found 1,200 broken poles, 900 broken transformers, 3,700 broken crossarms, 4,500 trees on power lines, approximately 280 miles of distribution conductor down, and 639 miles of transmission lines damaged or down.

With restoration efforts ongoing, Cleco expects these numbers to increase.

"Each day the number of customers receiving power improves, which means we're making steady progress," said James Lass, director of distribution operations and emergency management. "Cleco has over 3,000 personnel dedicated to restoration efforts with more Cleco resources and contractor crews coming each day, as they complete restoration in other areas."

Customer outages by parish as of 3 p.m. Tuesday are:

PARISH
Number of customers without power
% of customers without power

ACADIA
Less than 5
Fewer than 5%

ALLEN
2,329
38%

AVOYELLES
501
5%

BEAUREGARD
5,120
97%

CALCASIEU
2,461
97%

CATAHOULA
18
39%

DESOTO
117
2%

EVANGELINE
432
3%

GRANT
6,137
81%

IBERIA
Less than 5
0%

JEFFERSON DAVIS
39
98%

LASALLE
15
100%

NATCHITOCHES
170
26%

RAPIDES
19,885
46%

RED RIVER
Less than 5
Fewer than 5%

SABINE
2,611
40%

ST. LANDRY
37
Fewer than 5%

ST. MARY
Less than 5
Fewer than 5%

VERNON
4,984
88%

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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