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Cleco: Power restored to 93% of customers affected by second winter storm

Posted at 10:52 AM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 23:15:29-05

As of 8 p.m. Saturday, Cleco has restored power to approximately 40,000 customers affected by the second winter storm.

At the height of the storm, approximately 43,000 customers were without power.

Restoration Update

Below is an update on power restoration in Gardner, Cotile, Wilda and Hot Wells. Please note that unexpected damage or inclement weather could impact restoration efforts and timelines. This update also is on Cleco’s website and Facebook page.

Rapides Parish – Gardner, Cotile, Wilda and Hot Wells

· During storm restoration, a large, high-voltage transformer in Cleco’s distribution substation in the Gardner community failed. A mobile transformer has been delivered to the substation site to serve as a backup power source.

· It will take several hours to unload, install and connect the mobile transformer to Cleco’s system.

· The Gardner Substation supplies power to approximately 1,300 customers in Gardner, Cotile, Wilda and Hot Wells. Provided Cleco personnel do not encounter any unexpected damage or delays, the company estimates power will be restored to most, if not all, of these customers later tonight.

Power Outages as of 8 p.m.

Allen Parish 39
Avoyelles Parish 598
Catahoula Parish 26
DeSoto Parish 42
Evangeline Parish 34
Grant Parish 289
Natchitoches Parish 53
Rapides Parish 2,314
Red River Parish Less than 5
Sabine Parish 11
Vernon Parish Less than 5

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

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