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Cleco expects to make more progress on restoration work today

49,000 restored
Posted at 8:42 AM, Aug 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-28 17:38:32-04

As of 4 p.m. today, Cleco has restored power to over 49,000 of the 140,000 customers who lost electricity after Hurricane Laura moved across the state yesterday.

As workers continue to restore power and survey damage, assessments indicate the recovery could be long.

“This is the worst storm to hit our state in more than 100 years, so this could be a long recovery process,” said James Lass, director of distribution operations and emergency management. “The damage is catastrophic, many areas are not accessible due to trees and water, and in some areas, our crews are encountering instances of bad weather. The work is massive, and it will take days if not weeks to restore power to all customers especially those in our hardest hit parishes.”

The latest assessments show Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu, Grant, Rapides and Vernon parishes were the hardest hit. Cleco will be able to provide more details on restoration progress in specific towns and cities in the coming days. In the meantime, the company asks that customers not stop crews, as they are driving and working. Not only is it not safe, it slows power restoration work.

Below are outages by parish as of 4 p.m. Acadia – 1,785

Allen – 5,917

Avoyelles – 3,445

Beauregard – 5,122

Calcasieu – 2,461

Catahoula - 18

Desoto – 1,280

Evangeline – 5,773

Grant – 7,685

Iberia – 2,589

Jefferson Davis - 39

Lasalle - 15

Natchitoches - 641

Rapides – 39,753 Red River – 67

Sabine – 6,363

St. Landry – 1,109

St. Martin – 480

St. Mary - 603

Vernon – 5,684

For safety tips, as well as up-to-the-minute outage information and estimated restoration times, visit Cleco’s Storm Center website at or follow the company on Facebook.

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