PINEVILLE, La., Sept. 1, 2012- The work of Cleco‘s crews and contractors in the St. Tammany Parish area is progressing, and the company expects that all customers who can receive power and who are not impacted by flood waters will have power by the end of the day Sunday. Cleco will continue to monitor the flooded areas to determine a restoration time for those sections.
Areas affected by flood waters include Madisonville, Lacombe and Slidell. While waters are receding, the Pearl River is rising, which could present a challenge to ongoing restoration efforts.
"We are pleased with our restoration so far, but we are not finished. We are committed to restoring power to our remaining customers as efficiently as possible," said James Lass, Cleco storm manager. "As we continue our restoration, we are monitoring those who are affected by flood waters. Some of our equipment also is a victim of the high water, which is slowing restoration in those areas."
Cleco has restored more than 47,500 customers in the Northshore, which is located across the Pontchartrain from New Orleans. At the height of the storm, 73 percent of Cleco’s Norhtshore customers lost power.
Cleco reminds everyone to be mindful of downed power lines. As residents start their clean up and repairs, power lines could be tangled in the debris. Always assume that power lines are energized and dangerous. Call Cleco at 1-800-622-6537 to report a dangerous situation with electricity.
Cleco Corporation is a regional energy company headquartered in Pineville, La. Cleco owns a regulated electric utility company, Cleco Power LLC, which owns nine generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 2,524 megawatts and serves approximately 281,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail business and 10 communities across Louisiana and Mississippi through wholesale power contracts. Cleco also owns a wholesale energy business, Cleco Midstream Resources LLC, which owns two natural gas-fired generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 775 megawatts. For more information about Cleco, visit www.cleco.com.