CLECO crews stand ready to respond to Outages

Pineville, La., Aug. 30, 2017 – As heavy rain and strong winds begin to impact Cleco’s service territory, Cleco is ready to respond to weather related power outages.

“Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall near Lake Charles early this morning and is expected to cross the state before exiting the northeast corner by Thursday morning,” said James Lass, general manager of distribution operations and emergency equipment.  “All Cleco line crews and 18 contractor crews are currently responding to reports of scattered outages, and we have an additional 10 line crews from Georgia expected to arrive by noon today to assist with any additional outages our customers might experience.”

The path and impact of Tropical Storm Harvey continues to prove unpredictable, and Cleco reminds customers to remain vigilant to ever-changing weather conditions.  In the event of flooding, remember to never try to walk, swim or drive through water.  If you come upon flood waters, stop, turn around and go another way.

“The threat for Cleco customers remains flooding,” said Lass.  “With additional rain comes an increased possibility that trees will weaken and limbs can fall, impacting our electrical system.  In addition to 25 right-of-way crews currently onsite, we have 11 more crews from Alabama and Mississippi expected to arrive by noon today to specifically assist with clearing trees and debris from Cleco lines.”

In total, Cleco has nearly 100 crews available to respond to Tropical Storm Harvey.

Cleco customers are encouraged to report outages online at cleco.com, via text message or by calling 1-800-622-6537.  For up-to-the-minute outage information and restoration efforts, visit Cleco’s Storm Center website www.cleco.com/storm-center.

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