ArkLaTex residents clean up, wait for power to return
SWEPCO crews work to restore power.
One Shreveport resident chose to clean out her refrigerator.
SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) -
After Thursday morning's winter storm more than 11,000 SWEPCO customers are still without power. Crews are working to restore power throughout the area, and many residents are also still cleaning up damage.
After the storm, the peak number of power outages was 64,000 residents according to SWEPCO officials.
"I kinda expected it to be out for a couple of hours but I didn't expect it to be out this long," says Ashley Wiggins. Wiggins has been without power since the storm hit the Shreveport area around 1 a.m. Officials say her home may not have power again until Saturday.
More than 400 workers are coming from out of state to help restore power in the area, according to Swepco officials.
Damage was reported throughout the ArkLaTex, including many down trees along with building damage.
Contractors are working to stabilize a vacant building on Jacobs Street and Southern Avenue in Shreveport. High powered winds have caused bricks to fall from its side.
"Thinking about shutting down the whole road because it is still kinda windy and I don't know the integrity of the brick right now," says William Vincent.
Officials with SWEPCO are reporting that full restoration to all of the areas hit by the storm could take until Saturday night.