SWEPCO: All hands on deck ahead of expected winter storm

A spokeswoman for the utility says nearly 400 extra line, tree personnel are on standby

SWEPCO: All hands on deck ahead of expected winter storm
SWEPCO prepares for impacts from winter weather (Source: Destinee Patterson)

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.

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“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.

ARKANSAS

Little River: fewer than 5

Miller: fewer than 5

LOUISIANA

Bossier: 59

Caddo: 58

Vernon: 475

TEXAS

Camp: fewer than 5

Cass: 5

Franklin: 1,069

Panola: fewer than 5

Rusk: fewer than 5

Shelby: fewer than 5

Titus: fewer than 5

Wood: 9

You can report outages and get the latest estimated restoration times by downloading the SWEPCO app at SWEPCO.com/App or going to SWEPCO.com/OutageMap.

SWEPCO prepares for winter storm

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