SWEPCO Provides Hurricane Power Restoration Update

SWEPCO’s workforce is continuing power restoration to approximately 7,000 Central Louisiana customer in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura, including 6,000 in the Hornbeck area and 1,000 in the Natchitoches area.

SWEPCO has restored power to 35,000, or about 83% of the 42,000 Central Louisiana customers who lost power. That includes customers in Bienville, DeSoto, Grant, Natchitoches, Red River, Sabine, Vernon and Winn parishes.

For all of SWEPCO, power has been restored to about 129,000 customers, or 95%, of those without power after Hurricane Laura struck SWEPCO’s service area as a Category 2 storm on Thursday, Aug. 27.

SWEPCO will begin demobilizing its Natchitoches base camp Monday while work continues with full resources committed to the remaining customer outages in the Natchitoches area. Crews will continue to operate from base camps in Leesville and Shreveport and SWEPCO’s regular operations centers in Central Louisiana.

Closing the Natchitoches base camp makes way for the return of students to the Northwestern State University campus this week.

Estimated Times of Restoration

The following are updated estimated times of restoration. Estimates are for 95% of customers who can take power. Many customers’ power will be restored sooner.

Hornbeck Area:

Leesville –
Monday 11:59 PM – East 28 & Slagle Road

Hicks –
Monday 11:59 PM – Hicks to Slagle – Hwy 8 to Simpson; Hwy 121 to Leander

Natchitoches Area:

Provencal –
10 p.m. Monday – Provencal and south on Hwy. 117 to Belwood

Verda –
10 p.m. Monday – Hwy. 471 Verda to Atlanta, La;

Derry –
10 p.m. Monday – Derry La Hwy. 1 south to Marco

Colfax –
10 p.m. Monday – Colfax Hwy 492 to Rock Hill community, Meade Rd