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Only 1,000 Cleco customers left without power

Posted at 4:51 PM, Jul 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-16 19:46:07-04

Cleco reports that nearly 1,000 people are still left without power out of the 63,000 customers who lost electricity during Tropical Storm Barry

As of 4 p.m., Cleco says they have restored power to nearly 62,000 of the 63,000 Cleco customers.

“Our crews have restored power to 98 percent of customers impacted by Barry,” said James Lass, general manager of distribution operations and emergency management. “We have over 400 line mechanics, 125 tree trimmers and 30 damage assessors still working to get the lights on for the remaining customers.”

Cleco reports that during restoration process, high winds, flood waters and road closures were obstacles to the company’s restoration efforts. Now, challenges to the restoration process include the need for specialized equipment, like airboats, to reach some of the more remote areas.

“We thank our customers for their support and patience as crews work to safely restore power,” Lass said.

Entergy has a total 4,689 customers without power, 225 of those in Acadiana.

SLEMCO reports only 4 people out. They are in Lafayette and st. Martin parishes