A SWEPCO transmission line bulldozer paves the way for a SWEPCO track-bucket vehicle to reach customers in a difficult area south of Shreveport, La.
SWEPCO crews continue working to restore power to about 1,700 customers in East Texas and Louisiana who are among the 103,000 who lost power during Sunday’s severe storms.
The final outages include some of the most difficult work at many sites serving one or a few customers each, plus problems with access to work sites. The outages are in the Longview, Mansfield and Natchitoches areas. Nearly 800 line and tree personnel are working in communities to restore power as safely and quickly as possible.
Homes, businesses, trees and SWEPCO’s poles, wires and transformers were heavily damaged by the 60 mile-per-hour winds across the region and two EF-1 tornadoes confirmed in the Longview area.
Overall, as of 9:00 am today, SWEPCO has restored power to approximately 101,300 customers, or more than 98 percent of all 103,000 customers who lost power during Sunday’s storm.
Work continues Friday for the remaining 415 customers who can take power in the Valley District. Customers who can take service in Natchitoches should have power by 3:00 p.m., and those customers without service entrance damage should have power by 5:00 p.m. in Mansfield.
In the Longview District, where 1,321 customers are without power, 97 percent of customers who can take service should have power restored by 5 pm Friday, with work on the remaining outages continuing into Saturday.
Some customers have sustained damage to the overhead service entrance which must be repaired by an electrician before power can be restored to their home or business. If you see that these facilities are damaged or pulled away from the building, be extremely careful and call an electrician immediately. Ask that the repair work be coordinated with SWEPCO.
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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.