Storms with high winds moved through SWEPCO’s Louisiana service area, impacting a peak of 14,000 customers at 2 a.m. Friday, May 27. Hardest hit is the company’s Valley District, where 6,000 customers were out of power at the peak of the storms at 1 a.m. in the Hornbeck area, and 4,000 were out of electricity in the Natchitoches area at the peak of 5 a.m. Friday.
As of 2:30 p.m., there were more than 8,100 customers without power in the Valley District. New outages are occurring as more storms move through the service area. ETRs (Estimated Time of Restoration) for 95 percent of customers who can take power:
Hornbeck: 4,060 ETR: 5 p.m. Sunday, May 29
Natchitoches: 3,884 ETR: 11:59 p.m. Saturday, May 28
There have been 14 broken poles identified in the Hornbeck area.
There are 86 total personnel, both SWEPCO and outside contractors and tree crews, dedicated to storm recovery in the Valley District. Additional crews are coming to assist from Texarkana and south Louisiana.