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Second planned power outage for Opelousas

Cleco makes changes to computer system, including payments
Posted at 3:22 PM, Jun 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-17 16:22:57-04

Cleco customers in Opelousas will be without electricity for three hours beginning at 11:59 p.m. Thursday night to perform additional maintenance work on a major transmission power line and substation in St. Landry Parish.

"This second planned outage is necessary to make repairs and improvements to the electrical system that serves the city of Opelousas while keeping our workers safe," said James Lass, director of distribution operations and emergency management. "We don't expect the outage to last any more than three hours, and the timeframe could be shorter. Our planning ensures the impact on our customers is minimal."

How customers can prepare:

· If you rely on medical devices that require electricity, you should have a backup plan in case you need the equipment during the outage.
· Charge cell phones.
· Unplug computers, televisions and sensitive electronic devices.
· Keep refrigerator and freezer doors closed.
· If you have a generator, never operate it indoors. Appliances should be plugged directly into portable generators with grounded extension cords that can handle the load. Only refuel a generator when the engine is off and cool.

Customers who have questions about the planned outage can contact a Cleco customer service representative at 1-800-622-6537. Representatives are available Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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