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UPDATE: Cleco provides update on power restoration efforts

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Posted at 9:40 AM, Jul 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-15 17:49:57-04

UPDATE: As of 4 p.m., Cleco reports that crews have restored power to approximately 51,000 of the 63,000 customers impacted by power outages following Tropical Storm Barry’s path across the state.

“Our crews have made great progress today and restored power to over 80 percent of customers, and they’re still working,” said James Lass, general manager of distribution operations and emergency management.

Cleco crews are still replacing broken poles and picking up downed wire in the harder hit areas of Iberia and St. Mary parishes.

“We understand our customers without power are ready for us to complete the restoration,” said Lass. “Our crews are working hard and have endured rain, flood and winds to restore the customers who now have power. We are committed to completing this restoration as quickly and safely as possible and appreciate our customers’ patience.”

As of 4 p.m., Cleco had less than 12,000 customers without power.

Parish Customers without power

Avoyelles 588

Evangeline 9

Grant <5

Iberia 4,585

Rapides 90

St. Martin 23

St. Mary 6,144

St. Tammany 196

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UPDATE - Cleco crews continue with restoration efforts after Tropical Storm Barry left roughly 63,000 customers without power across the state. At noon, the company had restored power to approximately 46,000 of those customers.

"We have restored power to 73 percent of our customers since the height of the storm," said James Lass, general manager of distribution operations and emergency management.

As of 12 p.m., Cleco had approximately 17,000 customers without power.

Parish Customers without power

Allen - 39

Avoyelles - 728

Evangeline - 9

Grant - 196

Iberia - 8,568

Rapides - 152

St. Martin - 313

St. Mary - 6,996

St. Tammany - 94

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Crews are entering their second day of restoration efforts following the effects of Tropical Storm Barry on Louisiana. Roughly 63,00 customers were without power across the state due to Barry's damaging winds and rain.

On Monday morning, Cleco says that 40,000 people have had their power restored.

Crews are still working to replace broken poles, crossarms, and repair downed lines. A focus has been placed on St. Mary and Iberia parish where Cleco says customers were hit the hardest.

The St. Mary Parish OEP shared a photo on Facebook of Cleco's crews lined up in Patterson ready to begin work.

"We are expecting some rain and winds to come through the area later today that could create additional outages," said Lass. "However, our team is committed to working as quickly and as safely as possible to restore power to our customers."

A break down provided by the company shows how many customers in each parish are currently (Monday, July 15 - 9:30 am) without power.

  • Allen: 42
  • Avoyelles: 435
  • Evangeline: 435
  • Grand: 288
  • Iberia: 11,713
  • Rapides: 203
  • St. Martin: 315
  • St. Mary: 9,380
  • St. Tammany: 85

For more information, visit Cleco's Storm Center website at cleco.com or follow the company on Facebook at @ClecoPower.