WINTER WEATHER: Utility outages reported across the ArkLaTex, AEP-SWEPCO crews preparing for power restoration efforts

WINTER WEATHER: Utility outages reported across the ArkLaTex, AEP-SWEPCO crews preparing for power restoration efforts
Power outages (Source: KSLA)

(KSLA) - Crews with SWEPCO are ready to begin damage assessment and power restoration as storms on Feb. 17 bring freezing rain, ice, sleet, and snow across the ArkLaTex.

In a news release, the power company is anticipating significant damages to the power system — and the potential for extended power outages.

“Approximately 2,700 utility line, tree and support personnel from 15 states and Canada will assist company resources with power restoration. Workers will be positioned in Shreveport, Bossier City, Natchitoches, Mansfield, Longview and Texarkana,” reads a news release.

Below is an explanation of how SWEPCO restores power:

As soon as it is safe to do so, we will begin clearing immediate hazards, like downed power lines, and assessing damage. You may see our trucks traveling through your area and then leave. These workers are looking for damage and access for line workers and tree crews. Other crews will be dispatched to repair the power lines and facilities.
Our first priority is restoring service to hospitals, police and fire stations and other essential public health and safety facilities.
Workers begin by repairing major power lines and substations. They work to restore power to the largest numbers of customers in the shortest time. Then, they repair local lines and equipment that serve multiple customers. Finally, crews will work to restore service to individual homes and businesses.
Estimated times of restoration will be provided as soon as possible as damage assessment and repairs proceed.
The storm recovery process could be complicated if controlled outages are required again by the 14-state electric grid operator, as they were Monday and Tuesday. Emergency weather and electric system conditions continue across the region, and SWEPCO will implement its emergency plan as called upon by the Southwest Power Pool. Whether related to storms or controlled outages, we will work as safely and quickly as possible to restore power.
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