Power being restored in SWLA

Power being restored in SWLA

SOUTHWEST LOUISIANA (KPLC) - Friday morning's snowfall left about 14,000 customers without power in Southwest Louisiana.

By 12:30 p.m., though, power had been restored to many. About 3,800 Entergy customers in Calcasieu Parish remained without power.

By 6:45 p.m., 365 customers were without power in Calcasieu.

Around noon, 245 Beci customers remained without power in Calcasieu, while 725 were without power in Allen and 134 in Beauregard. Around 6:45 p.m., only 2 Beci customers in Vernon Parish were without power.

Entergy spokesman Chip Arnould said that vegetation and wires were being weighed down, causing the outages.

"Crews are currently working to assess damages and restore power as quickly and safely as possible," Arnould said. "And we are currently pulling in additional contractors to support in this effort."

According to Arnould, cold weather power restoration takes longer than a normal outage.

"We enact what's called a step restoration process," said Arnould. "As we start restoring customers,we know their homes are cold and their heating will immediately go up, so we restore customers in small blocks."

As of 10:30 p.m., Arnould reported about 30 customers were without power. He noted crews will be working overnight and into Saturday morning to restore power to the remaining customers.

Arnould said he expects power to be returned to Entergy customers by midnight tonight.

At its peak, just over 11,000 Entergy customers in Calcasieu were without power.

There were also 1,900 Beci customers without power in Calcasieu.

Beci also had 1,100 customers without power in Allen Parish and 700 in Beauregard.

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