UPDATE: As of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Cleco has restored power to over 10,000 of the 11,110 customers impacted by the current winter storm.

“Provided we don’t encounter any unexpected system or equipment damage, we expect to restore power to all customers who can accept power by end of day today,” said James Lass, director of distribution operations and emergency management.

“As we wrap up restoration from this storm, we are preparing for a second storm, Winter Storm Viola,” Lass said.

In preparation for the possibility of more freezing rain, sleet and snow across the company’s service territory, Cleco announced that it had secured nearly 400 contractors in addition to Cleco resources.

“As conditions are expected to deteriorate due to Winter Storm Viola, we are asking customers to avoid unnecessary travel and reserve the roadways for first responders and emergency personnel,” said Lass. “If traveling is necessary, please yield to first responder vehicles and allow them the right-of-way. Creating unnecessary traffic may delay first responders from reaching their destination to perform work in a timely manner.”

UPDATE: As of 10:30 p.m. Monday, Cleco announced that it had restored electricity to over 90% of the 11,110 total customer affected by outages.

UPDATE, 4:30 p.m. As of 4 p.m., Cleco Power has restored power to over 7,700 customers who lost electricity due to the winter storm. At the height of the storm, 11,110 customers were without power.

“Damage assessment and restoration efforts in some areas are being hindered by deteriorating road conditions and road closures which are delaying the arrival of some out-of-state contractor crews,” said James Lass, director of distribution operations and emergency management. “While crews will continue to work into the night, some customers will be without power overnight.”

Power Outages as of 4 p.m.:

  • Iberia – 2,309 customers
  • DeSoto – Less than 5 customers
  • Rapides – 10 customers
  • Sabine – 7 customers
  • St. Landry – 11 customers
  • St. Martin – 16 customers
  • St. Mary – 657 customers
  • St. Tammany – 22 customers
  • Washington – 339 customers

11:39 a.m.: As of 11 a.m., approximately 10,000 Cleco customers are without power due to freezing rain, ice and snow.

Click here to for a map of power outages in Louisiana.

“While the majority of these outages are currently in Iberia and St. Mary parishes, the storm is still moving across the state, and we expect to see additional outages across our service territory,” said James Lass, director of distribution operations and emergency management. 

Power Outages as of 11 a.m.
Beauregard – 26 customers
Evangeline – Less than 5 customers
Iberia – 6,430 customers
Rapides – 191 customers
Sabine – 9 customers
St. Landry – 6 customers
St. Martin – 456 customers
St. Mary – 2,360 customers
St. Tammany – 185 customers
Washington – 467 customers

ORIGINAL POST: 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.

Safety tips:

  • 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.