Cleco Corp. : Cleco workers head back to Oklahoma to help restore power
PINEVILLE, La., June 2, 2013 - Thirty-three Cleco line mechanics leave today
for Oklahoma City after Friday's storm damaged Oklahoma Gas and Electric
Company's (OGE) system. Cleco crews leave just seven days after returning from
helping OGE rebuild its system in Moore, Okla., after a devastating tornado
hit the area.
"The tornado damage in Moore was so extensive, our crews worked on the basics,
like replacing poles," said Floyd Pittman, Cleco's mutual assistance
coordinator. "We understand Friday's storm did not create the same level of
damage, but it was severe and widespread, leaving areas flooded, which could
slow restoration efforts. However, our crews are leaving with a purpose - to
help restore the area's power as quickly and as safely as possible."
Cleco sent 34 workers on May 21 to assist OGE restore power one day after an
EF5 tornado hit Moore. The tornado killed 24 and demolished the utility's
electric system. The storm Friday, May 31 brought torrential rains, hail,
flooding, and multiple tornadoes, killing at least nine people.
"Our hearts go out to the people in Oklahoma, and our crews are ready to lend
a hand," said Pittman. "Our friends at OGE and their customers have been
through a lot. Our crews are determined to do whatever it takes to help the
Oklahoma City area after this storm disrupted their lives."
Cleco is a member of the Southeastern Electric Exchange's mutual assistance
program where member utilities offer power restoration assistance after major
Cleco Corporation is a regional energy company headquartered in Pineville, La.
Cleco owns a regulated electric utility company, Cleco Power LLC, which owns
nine generating units with a total nameplate capacity of 2,565 megawatts and
serves approximately 283,000 customers in Louisiana through its retail
business and 10 communities across Louisiana and Mississippi through wholesale
power contracts. Cleco also owns a wholesale energy business, Cleco Midstream
Resources LLC, which owns two generating units with a total nameplate capacity
of 775 megawatts. For more information about Cleco, visit www.cleco.com.
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