PINEVILLE, La. – Feb. 15, 2021 (6:30 a.m.) – Approximately 2,200 Cleco customers are without power this morning due to freezing rain, ice and snow in parts of Louisiana that began last night and continues this morning. In addition to Cleco personnel, the company has secured over 500 additional line mechanics and vegetation specialists to assist with power restoration efforts as soon as conditions are safe.
Reasons for power outages during ice and snow:
· Trees can become heavy and brittle due to the accumulation of ice and snow, breaking and falling onto our system.
· Power lines and other equipment can become damaged due to the weight of ice and snow on the system.
· Operate portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas and plug appliances directly into generators with grounded extension cords. Never plug a generator into a wall outlet.
· Assume all downed power lines are live and stay away. Report downed power lines immediately by calling 1-800-622-6537 and 911.
For the latest information on Cleco preparations, outage updates and restoration efforts, visit Cleco’s Storm Center page at www.cleco.com or follow the company on Facebook @Cleco Power.
Power Outages as of 6:30 a.m.
Avoyelles Parish – 24 customers
Evangeline Parish – Less than 5 customers
Grant Parish – Less than 5 customers
Iberia Parish – 1,487 customers
Rapides – 161 customers
Sabine – Less than 5 customers
St. Landry – 32 customers
St. Mary – 548 customers
St. Tammany – 12 customers