SWEPCO Working to Complete Central Louisiana Hurricane Power Restoration

SWEPCO is working to complete power restoration to approximately 2,400 Central Louisiana customers in the aftermath of Hurricane Laura.

“We are close to completion in the Natchitoches area, and we are working on the remaining circuits, including those in Hornbeck and Hicks,” said Drew Seidel, SWEPCO vice president of Distribution Region Operations.

In the Natchitoches area, SWEPCO is asking any customers still without power to report their outage again.

“This will help us address any individual outages we may have missed,” Seidel said.

“We expect to have power restored to many of the remaining customers in Hornbeck, Hicks and other communities tonight, and we will continue until all who can take power have service,” he said

Some customers have damage to their weatherhead, which will need to be repaired by a qualified electrician before SWEPCO can safely reconnect power. Typically, this is the pipe rising from the meter box and other parts of the service entrance, which can be pulled away from the building or otherwise damaged by high winds and downed trees. These facilities are owned by the customer. After repairs are made, call SWEPCO to have service reconnected restored.

SWEPCO has restored power to almost 40,000, or about 94% 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 more than 133,000 customers, or 98%, of those without power after Hurricane Laura struck SWEPCO’s service area as a Category 2 storm on Thursday, Aug. 27.

SWEPCO began demobilizing its Natchitoches base camp Monday while work continues with full resources committed to the remaining customer outages. 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.