NOTE: These updates are as of Wednesday evening. Check back through the day. The Journal will update this story as new information is received.
As of 8 p.m. Wednesday, about 21,300 SWEPCO customers are without power after a winter storm brought freezing rain, ice, sleet and snow to the Ark-La-Tex. SWEPCO continues to monitor the weather, which may cause additional outages.
SWEPCO has nearly 2,400 workers ready to restore power. Workers positioned before the storm in Texarkana and Longview will move to staging areas in Shreveport, Mansfield and Center, Texas.
The majority of outages are in Natchitoches and Sabine parishes in Louisiana.
“We’ll begin assessing damage early Thursday morning and mobilizing our crews,” said Drew Seidel, SWEPCO vice president of Region Distribution Operations. “This may go slowly because of the ice and snow on roads, but we will begin repairs as safely and quickly as possible.”
Cleco crews continue restoration efforts this morning. Some customers could experience new power outages as an overnight freeze and wintry conditions today are causing additional damage to electrical equipment.
Yesterday, power was restored to over 10,000 customers. As of 8 a.m. today, roughly 33,000 customers are without power. At the height of the storm, approximately 43,000 customers were without power.
All Cleco personnel and nearly 400 additional workers are dedicated to the restoration effort. We understand this is a difficult time, and we appreciate our customers’ patience as we continue to work through the damage left behind by this second winter storm.
Below are estimated times for restoration (ETR) for parts of Cleco’s service territory. More ETRs will be communicated as they become available. Please note that unexpected damage or inclement weather could impact restoration efforts and timelines.
Grant Parish and Rapides parishes
• Crews continue power restoration efforts today, Thursday, Feb. 18, with full power restoration expected by Friday, Feb. 19.
Acadia, Evangeline and St. Landry parishes
• Crews continue power restoration efforts today, Thursday, Feb. 18, with full power restoration expected by tonight.
Red River, Sabine, Natchitoches, Calcasieu, Vernon and Beauregard parishes
• This will be a multi-day restoration effort. More details will be communicated pending damage assessment updates.
Power Outages as of 8 a.m.:
Acadia Parish – 18
Allen Parish – 905
Avoyelles Parish – 8,798
Beauregard Parish – 88
Catahoula Parish – 24
DeSoto Parish – 383
Evangeline Parish – 1,455
Grant Parish – 2,204
Iberia Parish – Less than 5
LaSalle Parish – 11
Natchitoches Parish – 387
Rapides Parish – 14,753
Red River Parish – 1,068
Sabine Parish – 3,537
St. Landry Parish – 17
St. Mary Parish – 15
St. Tammany Parish – 9
Vernon Parish – 37