Crews work to restore power in SWEPCO’s Valley District in Louisiana.
Power has been restored to more than 95 percent of customers in most East Texas and Louisiana communities affected by the Sunday night storm. Crews continue to rebuild parts of the electric system torn down by 60 mile-per-hour winds and two EF-1 tornadoes confirmed in the Longview area, with efforts complicated by many large downed trees and some areas with difficult access. With additional bad weather today, new outages may occur.
Overall, as of 4:00 pm today, SWEPCO has restored power to approximately 98,800 customers, or about 96 percent of all 103,000 customers who lost power during Sunday’s storm. Approximately 4,200 customers remain without power.
The estimated restoration times below tell when we expect to have power restored to 95 percent of customers in an area. Your power may be restored prior to our estimate.
Outages and Estimated Restoration Times (for 95 percent of customers who can take power):
Longview area – 2,903 – Friday at 5 pm
Mansfield area –575- Thursday at 5 pm
Natchitoches area – 493 – Thursday at 5 pm
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Please note: The outage map at SWEPCO.com/OutageMap is not showing all known outages. We apologize for the inconvenience.
DOWNED LINES – Never touch a fallen wire, no matter how harmless it looks. Stay away and keep others away. Call SWEPCO to report any downed lines or equipment.
PORTABLE GENERATOR SAFETY – If you use a portable or RV generator, do not plug the generator into your circuit box. Portable generators “backfeed” electricity up the line and risk the lives of repair workers and the public. Follow the manufacturers’ instructions carefully, and plug essential appliances directly into the generator.
WEATHERHEAD DAMAGE – If the weatherhead or meter base at your home or business has been damaged or pulled away from the structure, you will need to have it repaired by a licensed electrician before SWEPCO can safely reconnect service. Once the repair is made, please contact SWEPCO so your service can be reconnected.