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Cleco restores power to nearly 33,000 customers affected by winter storms

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Posted at 1:07 PM, Feb 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-19 21:18:07-05

As of 8 p.m. today, Cleco has restored power to nearly 33,000 of the roughly 43,000 customers who lost power after a second winter storm hit Cleco’s service territory within the same week.

“We’re making progress,” said James Lass, director of distribution and emergency management. “Our crews are patrolling lines and making repairs as safely and quickly as possible to restore power to our remaining customers.”

Cleco’s damage assessments indicate that power outages from the second winter storm were primarily due to the accumulation of ice.

“So far, our crews have found 187 trees on power lines throughout our service territory. They also found broken poles, damaged transformers, broken cross arms and downed power lines,” said Lass.

Cleco provided estimated times for restoration (ETR) during its noon update and will continue to share ETRs as they become available on its website and Facebook page.

Power Outages as of 8 p.m.

Allen Parish 176
Avoyelles Parish 2,406
Catahoula Parish 24
DeSoto Parish 49
Evangeline Parish 331
Grant Parish 759
Natchitoches Parish 84
Rapides Parish 5,716
Red River Parish 5
Sabine Parish 718
Vernon Parish 28

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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