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Thousands remain without power following Easter weekend storms

Downed trees and power lines on Wisteria Street off of Jewella on Sunday (Source: Gwen Pruitt) Downed trees and power lines on Wisteria Street off of Jewella on Sunday (Source: Gwen Pruitt)

More than 11,000 SWEPCO customers remain without power after storms that blew through the ArkLaTex over the weekend took down tree limbs and power lines.

Severe thunderstorms with winds exceeding 65 mph moved through four of SWEPCO's five Districts on Sunday – Texarkana, Longview, Shreveport and the Valley – causing extensive damage and outages to approximately 37,100 customers at the peak of the storms Sunday afternoon, with 30,000 of those in Louisiana.

According to SWEPCO:

At 8 p.m. Sunday, approximately 20,700 customers were without power. The outages included 20,200 in Louisiana and 500 in Texas.

At 9 a.m. Monday, about 13,400 customers remain without power, including Shreveport (2,542), Bossier (400), Haughton (1,400) and Vivian (650) areas, and 8,400 in the Valley area ( 5,000 around Natchitoches, 2,700 near Mansfield, 300 in Logansport and 300 in Hornbeck.)

Damage assessment is continuing this morning in all areas.

Estimated times of restoration for Louisiana customers will be provided Monday after 1:30 p.m.    

Many SWEPCO crews worked through the night Saturday into Sunday to restore power from storms earlier in the weekend that caused outages for approximately 12,350 customers.

SWEPCO has called in 390 line and service personnel from outside SWEPCO to assist with the restoration effort. The outside crews began arriving Sunday night and will continue arriving Monday. These workers are from Oklahoma, Arkansas, Texas and Alabama, with about 200 of them going to the Valley areas of SWEPCO, and the remaining 190 working in the Shreveport area.

SWEPCO says they will continue efforts to restore power as quickly and as safely as possible.

Information provided by SWEPCO.

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