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SWEPCO Continues Efforts to Restore Power After Severe Storm

June 30, 2023
Over 10,000 customers remained without power as crews worked tirelessly to repower affected areas.

Despite restoring power to over 95% of the approximately 250,000 residents affected by the severe storm in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas, there are still around 10,000 customers without electricity. SWEPCO’s teams, including forestry, distribution, transmission, and line crews, are working together to restore power to all areas. Although significant progress has been made since the historic storm that hit on June 16, there is still a lot of work remaining.

The base camp in Longview, Texas, where forestry, distribution, transmission, and line crews are stationed, was extended to focus efforts on restoring power to all areas. During the week-long restoration, almost 4,000 utility professionals came together to rebuild SWEPCO’s energy delivery system. Currently, around 3,212 utility professionals are still working in the communities. The latest reports on June 24 indicated that approximately 10,697 customers were without power, with Texas having the highest number of outages, followed by Louisiana and Arkansas.

SWEPCO donated various food items and supplies to assist the communities and customers affected by the supercell storm. Dry goods, frozen and refrigerated foods were sent to the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana, Longview Dream Center, and Grace Creek Church in Longview, Texas. In total, SWEPCO donated approximately four truckloads of food, supplies, and other goods to the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana and one truckload to Longview Dream Center and Grace Creek Church. The restoration of power to Ark-La-Tex residents is in its final stages.

As of June 25, around 2,000 residents are still without power due to a storm. SWEPCO activated its Incident Command Structure, which serves as the primary scalable response strategy for all events, including weather-related disasters, providing logistics support such as housing and meals for those deployed to offer aid.

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