SHREVEPORT, La. - SWEPCO employees and contract crews have restored power to more than half of its customers in the ArkLaTex who lost power after overnight storms broke utility poles, downed wires and felled trees.
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At the peak, about 29,300 customers were without power.
As of 3 p.m. Saturday, approximately 12,500 customers remained without power. A SWEPCO spokeswoman said he company is working as quickly and safely as possible to restore power to about 9,800 customers in Louisiana and 2,700 customers in Texas. Power is expected to be restored to all Arkansas customers by 4 p.m. today.
“No matter how harmless a wire looks, never touch it, or go near it. It could be energized,” said Tony Rash, SWEPCO’s safety & health manager. “Stay away and keep others away, especially children and pets.”
Power is expected to be restored to 95 percent of customers who can receive power by:
- Shreveport – 10 p.m. Sunday
- Bossier City – 10 p.m. Sunday
- Benton – 10 p.m. Sunday
- Haughton – 10 p.m. Sunday
- Hornbeck – 8 p.m. Saturday
- Mansfield – 6 p.m. Saturday
- Natchitoches – 10 p.m. Saturday
- Vivian – 10 p.m. Sunday
- Carthage – 10 p.m. Saturday
- Henderson – 9 p.m. Saturday
- Kilgore – 9 p.m. Saturday
- Longview – 10 p.m. Saturday
- Marshall – 10 p.m. Saturday
- Mineola – 10 p.m. Saturday
Customers can receive an email or text message with the latest info for their home or business by signing up for alerts at SWEPCO.com/Alerts.
Nearly 400 additional line and tree personnel are helping SWEPCO employees restore power, including line mechanics from SWEPCO’s sister utility Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO).
Extensive damage has been reported in Benton and Haughton, Louisiana, and Kilgore and Longview, Texas.
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