UPDATE (3:15 p.m.): Power restoration continues, road near Estherwood still in question
The small bridge that caused a portion of Highway 90 between Crowley and Estherwood to close for about nine hours is now open according to locals, but the DOTD's hotline and website are still reporting the area as still closed.
Entergy reports more outages, locals begin seeing power restored
Utility crews from Entergy's Louisiana utilities are restoring electricity in the wake of a winter weather system that began moving through the state last night.
As of 1 p.m., approximately 9,200 customers were without power across the state.
Freezing rain and sleet from the trailing edge of the storm are affecting north Louisiana, where more than 7,500 customers are without power in the Grayson, Jonesboro and West Monroe areas. Additional restoration crews have been deployed to north Louisiana to support restoration.
Crews are also concentrating restoration efforts in the Lafayette and Jennings areas, where nearly 1,600 customers are without electricity. Once power restoration is completed in the southwestern region, crews will relocate to north Louisiana to join the restoration effort.
While many customers will have power restored by late tonight, outages in some areas in north Louisiana that are currently receiving the brunt of the storm may carry over into tomorrow.
Customers are urged to call 1-800-OUTAGE (1-800 968-8243) toll free to report any outages or downed power lines. Storm preparedness tips and much more information is available at Entergy's website at entergy.com.
Cleco's progress slow, more parish customers without power this afternoon
Cleco has approximately 800 line mechanics, tree trimmers, contractors and support staff working to restore power.
As of 2 p.m. there are 18,748 Cleco Power customers without power.
Cleco has restored thousands of customers, but new outages are occurring hourly.
Customers should report sagging or downed lines to Cleco at 1-800-622-6537.
In Acadia Parish, 939 homes were without power as of 2 p.m. The largest concentrated area in the parish remains Eunice.