SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — A thousand line and tree personnel are on standby ahead of the expected winter weather in the ArkLaTex, according to Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) spokeswoman Michelle Marcotte.
Of those workers, 370 are additional crews from all over the region.
“They’re going to be from nearby utilities - Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas,” Marcotte said. “We’re already anticipating we might need those extra hands.”
In a news release, the company said it does not expect widespread or lengthy outages from the storm.
“The forecasted snow and sleet for most of our service territory generally do not create the same utility problems as freezing rain and ice,” according to the news release.
As of 3:45 a.m. Monday, SWEPCO was reporting 1,689 power outages. Those primarily were in the Texas county of Franklin, the utility reports. The greatest concentration of outages in neighboring Louisiana was 475 customers in Vernon Parish.
Little River: fewer than 5
Miller: fewer than 5
Camp: fewer than 5
Panola: fewer than 5
Rusk: fewer than 5
Shelby: fewer than 5
Titus: fewer than 5