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Power companies bracing for more outages


The winter blast brought over 1,400 power outages to Acadiana last week.
Power companies say the culprit being ice accumulations weighing down trees and power lines.
Unfortunately, the power outage outlook for this week's round of the winter blast is looking pretty bleak. Officials from SLEMCO and LUS say, given current predictions, we could be looking at even more outages than last week.
"It seems like based on what the weather projections are we're going to have a lot of moisture. Any time you have moisture and have the freezing temperatures at the same time you also run the risk of having more outages," says Mary Laurent, spokeswoman for SLEMCO.
So, Laurent says they're now preparing hard for round two.
"We're treating this situation just like we would a hurricane situation. We have all of our contractors on call. We have all of our own workers on call. We have all personnel that are going to be in on Tuesday and Wednesday. So, we'll really feel good about it—we really think we're ready," says Laurent.
SLEMCO isn't the only power company asking their crews to prepare for the worst.
"We've worked with our crews and our contract crews, so we have everybody on stand-by," says Terry Huval, Director at LUS.  
Huval says these winter blasts are unusual, but LUS is prepared.
"We basically have smaller crews, we have more of them out in the field. We expect a lot of the outages will be smaller instances, like maybe a branch falling on a line that needs to be cleared to get the power on line. Then we have the larger crews to deal with poles that go down," says Huval.  

Huval says, unlike a hurricane, power outages during this winter blast should be short-lived. So, residents shouldn't worry about issues like food spoiling. He says, if you're power goes out: first get warm and then call your service provider.

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