AEP-SWEPCO updates estimates on when power will be restored

Some customers might have to wait until Monday night, utility says

AEP-SWEPCO updates estimates on when power will be restored
AEP-SWEPCO estimates it could be 10 p.m. Monday before some of its customers regain service.

(KSLA) - AEP-SWEPCO says it might be 10 p.m. Monday before service is restored to some of its customers.

The utility says about 32,000 of its customers remain without electricity in the wake of severe storms that swept across the ArkLaTex on Wednesday afternoon, causing extensive damage to its system.

That damage includes hundreds of broken utility poles and downed wires.

At the peak, service was out to about 70,000 AEP-SWEPCO customers.

Remaining outages include 20,927 customers in Texas, 10,826 in Louisiana and 21 in Arkansas.

More than 300 linemen and other personnel have been brought in to help restore service, utility officials said.

“SWEPCO asks for your patience and understanding during the restoration process. In many areas, crews must rebuild significant portions of electric facilities to restore power,” says a statement from the utility.

Following are the number of outages remaining and estimates of when service will be restored:

Longview District

  • Carthage – 130 – noon Saturday
  • Gilmer – 79 – noon Saturday
  • Gladewater – 2,629 – noon Sunday
  • Henderson – 512 – noon Friday
  • Kilgore – 884 – noon Saturday
  • Longview – 18,662 – 10 p.m. Monday
  • Marshall – 674 – noon Saturday
  • Mineola – 18 – 10 p.m. Saturday

Texarkana District

Texarkana – 463 – 6 p.m. Thursday

Shreveport District

  • Bossier City – 274 – 10 p.m. Saturday
  • Haughton – 1,377 – 10 p.m. Saturday
  • Plain Dealing – 277 – 10 p.m. Saturday
  • Shreveport – 6,490 – 10 p.m. Saturday
  • Vivian – 373 – 10 p.m. Saturday

Valley District

  • Hornbeck – 623 – 5 p.m. Friday
  • Logansport – 59 – 10 p.m. Friday
  • Mansfield – 2,395 – 10 p.m. Friday
  • Natchitoches – 2,895 – 6 p.m. Saturday (Creston area 10 p.m. Saturday)

The utility notes that some could be restored sooner.

On the other hand, customers with a damaged service entrance must have a qualified electrician repair that damage before power can be restored.

That applies to any damage at the meter, between the meter and the home’s electrical panel or where the cable connects to the home/business owner’s cable.

Current AEP-SWEPCO outages

Arkansas 21

Little River Fewer than 5

Washington 17

Louisiana 10,742

Bienville 228

Bossier 718

Caddo 4,615

DeSoto 1,863

Grant 83

Natchitoches 2,082

Rapides Fewer than 5

Red River 775

Sabine 73

Vernon 11

Webster 28

Winn 196

Texas 21,212

Cass Fewer than 5

Franklin 9

Gregg 17,841

Harrison 1,756

Panola 30

Rusk 78

Shelby Fewer than 5

Smith 43

Upshur 1,021

Van Zandt 415

Wood 15

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