Member Spotlight: SWEPCO works diligently to restore power after hurricane


By the end of the day on Monday, Aug. 31, SWEPCO’s workforce had restored power to approximately 98,500 customers, or 72 percent of the 136,000 SWEPCO customers who lost power in the wake of Hurricane Laura.


“We are making excellent headway overall but continue to face enormous challenges, especially in the Valley District, which took the direct Category 2 hit from Hurricane Laura,” said Drew Seidel, SWEPCO vice president of Distribution Operations. “Only seven of the 71 distribution circuits serving Central Louisiana survived the storm. Each of those circuits serves hundreds or thousands of customers across eight parishes. We are steadily rebuilding those facilities – hundreds of poles, cross-arms, transformers, and miles of wire.


More than 3,000 line and tree personnel from 15 states and Canada are working to restore power as safely and quickly as possible. As work finishes in one area, crews are shifted to other areas to join those already deployed there.

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