(KSLA) — The lights are now back on for all but 6,008 AEP-SWEPCO customers.
Those include 4,277 residences and businesses in Louisiana, with slightly more of those being in DeSoto and Natchitoches parishes, the utility’s outage map shows.
And crews still are working to restore service to 1,728 AEP-SWEPCO customers in Texas, primarily in Rusk and Gregg counties.
The good news for East Texans is the lights are expected to come back on sooner than originally projected, the utility reported Tuesday afternoon.
“In East Texas, crews have made significant progress restoring power. Estimated restoration times for customers in Longview, Marshall and Carthage have been moved from (10 p.m.) Wednesday night to this evening.”
Meantime, crews continue to “maneuver through slush and mud” in Louisiana to access some of areas hardest hit by Sunday’s winter storm, AEP-SWEPCO reports. The heavy, wet snow brought down trees and power lines, knocking out service to a peak of about 60,400 customers by early Monday morning.
The utility now estimates that the majority of its East Texas customers will have electricity by 10 p.m. Tuesday and that service will be restored to most of its Louisiana customers by 10 p.m. Wednesday.
Following are AEP-SWEPCO’s updated estimated times of restoration.
“Estimates are for 95% of customers who can take power. Many customers’ power will be restored sooner.”
Hornbeck: 10 p.m. Tuesday
Mansfield: 10 p.m. Wednesday
Natchitoches: 10 p.m. Wednesday
Carthage: 10 p.m. Tuesday
Henderson: noon Wednesday
Kilgore: 10 p.m. Wednesday
Longview: 8 p.m. Tuesday
Marshall: 10 p.m. Tuesday
Following are the numbers of AEP-SWEPCO customers without service as of 3:44 p.m. Tuesday:
Grant Parish: fewer than 5
Red River: 539
Upshur: fewer than 5
AEP/SWEPCO customers can call toll-free at (888) 218-3919 or click here to report an outage.