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Wreck involving stolen vehicle to blame for power outages that impacted thousands

AEP-SWEPCO says service to the 7,000 customers was restored by 7 p.m. Saturday
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Published: Nov. 21, 2021 at 4:31 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 21, 2021 at 6:15 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) — A motor vehicle accident was to blame for flickering lights and power outages that impacted thousands of AEP-SWEPCO customers, two spokespeople told KSLA News 12.

The wreck occurred about 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 20 at Youree Drive at Southfield Road in southeast Shreveport.

Shreveport police have confirmed that the wreck involved a stolen car. The driver lost control of the vehicle after only a couple blocks and the car struck a utility pole, a police spokesman said.

Further details about the accident are not readily available.

The wreck temporarily disrupted electrical service to about 7,000 customers in east, southeast and, to a much more limited extent, southwest Shreveport, an AEP-SWEPCO spokeswoman said. Some customers in south Bossier City also were impacted.

A spokesman for the utility said approximately 1,200 customers in east and southeast Shreveport, south Bossier City and Haughton experienced outages ranging from 1 to 20 minutes. About 35 customers in Shreveport’s Broadmoor neighborhood were without power for 40 minutes.

Service to all impacted areas was restored by 7 p.m. Saturday, the spokeswoman said.

As of Sunday afternoon, only 76 of AEP-SWEPCO’s 540,315 customers were without service. Those included 13 in Arkansas, 25 in Louisiana and 38 in Texas.

  • Click here to report an outage to AEP-SWEPCO.
  • Click here to view AEP-SWEPCO’s outage map. It provides the approximate location of outages, the number of customers impacted and the estimated time when service will be restored.

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