Outage numbers slowly dropping for SWEPCO customers

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - SWEPCO deployed 1,800 employees and contractors to the Ark-La-Tex over the weekend after suffering their second worst outage in the company's 96-year history.

SWEPCO crews continue to work around the clock restoring power.

As of Sunday night, 20 transmission lines and three substations were out of service. That equaled about 19,000 customers in Shreveport and 7,000 in bossier.

As of Monday afternoon, the latest information from SWEPCO showed Logansport with 461 outages, Bossier City with about 3,600 outages, Haughton with 411, Plain Dealing and Vivian with 197 and Shreveport right with about 12,200 customers without power.

As for restoring power, SWEPCO says in Bossier it could be as early as tonight while in Shreveport it should be by Thursday.

"We expect that we'd have about 90-percent of the folks back on by Wednesday, probably Wednesday evening.  And then clean-up the rest hopefully Thursday," said Paul Chodak with AEP-SWEPCO.

Public Service Commissioner Foster Campbell said he expects customers with Panola, along with Valley and Claiborne Rural Electric Companies to have their power back on sometime Monday.