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Power restored to 81 percent of Cleco customers

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Posted at 8:57 AM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 14:23:26-04

As of noon Thursday, September 3, Cleco says that crews have restored power to roughly 113,838, or 81 percent, of the 140,000 customers affected by Hurricane Laura.

At 8 a.m., that number was 112,776.

"The numbers continue to improve daily, and as of this morning, we've even surpassed the workforce we had during Hurricane Katrina restoration," said James Lass, director of distribution operations and emergency management in a release. "Cleco now has 4,200 internal and external resources dedicated to Hurricane Laura restoration efforts. This includes employees, line contractors, tree trimmers from about 16 states and logistic resources."

Below are customer outages by parish as of 12:00 pm:

  • Acadia - 0
  • Allen - 914
  • Avoyelles - 35
  • Beauregard - 3,866
  • Calcasieu - 2,461
  • Catahoula - 18
  • Desoto - 0
  • Evangeline - 268
  • Grant - 4,274
  • Iberia - 0
  • Jefferson Davis - 23
  • Lasalle - 15
  • Natchitoches - 124
  • Rapides - 10,552
  • Red River - 0
  • Sabine - 1,318
  • St. Landry - 0
  • St. Martin - 0
  • St. Mary - 13
  • Vernon - 2,281

For additional information on Cleco’s storm restoration efforts, follow the company on Facebook Page or visit Cleco Website.

As progress continues, Cleco reminds customers to stay away from downed trees with power lines that may be on or near their property.

"Don't attempt to remove a tree from a power line because the line may not be grounded and de-energized," said Lass. "If the line is not de-energized, this could cause serious injuries or death. No one should ever assume that a power line is dead. Never, ever touch downed power lines."

Cleco provided a safety video on trees and power lines:

Cleco power line and tree removal safety video

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