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UPDATE: Since the original announcement, SWEPCO has stated they have 'stopped temporarily interrupting power'. However, the situation is considered fluid and interruptions may start back at any time. You can read the full statement from SWEPCO below:


A winter storm is causing major headaches in the Ark-La-Tex. Several roadways in the Shreveport-Bossier area have been deemed 'impassable'. There have been reports all day of vehicles getting stuck, pipes freezing and bursting, and all kinds of other issues caused by the snow and extreme cold. SWEPCO is also urging customers to reduce the amount of power they use to lessen the burden on the system.

However, it appears that plea is not enough. It was recently announced that SWEPCO will be conducting 'controlled outages' to further reduce the burden on their power grid. According to a statement, posted by the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office, the decision was made to prevent possible long term and widespread outages. SWEPCO says that controlled outages should not last longer than a couple of hours, unless there are extenuating weather circumstances.

You can read the full statement from SWEPCO about the controlled outages and current power situation below:

 

Southwestern Electric Power Co. (SWEPCO) has begun temporarily interrupting power to parts of its service territory in an emergency procedure prompted by extreme winter temperatures.
The controlled outages are being implemented by utilities across multiple states as part of emergency procedures to reduce load on the electric system and prevent wider area outages. The action was taken at the direction of the Southwest Power Pool (SPP), the regional organization that manages the electric grid across 17 central and western U.S. states.
SWEPCO is rotating the areas affected by the controlled outages so customers are not without service for more than a few hours whenever possible. The amount of time required to restore service could be delayed in some cases due to system and weather conditions. The temporary outages should not affect critical public health and public safety facilities.
All efforts are under way to return service to normal as quickly as possible.
Customers should be prepared for electric service outages as the emergency continues in the next few days.
For customers who have service, please continue to conserve energy. Use energy needed for personal safety and to protect against property damage. Minor adjustments to thermostats, plus reduced use of lighting and appliances, can make a significant difference to the overall electric system.
At the request of SPP, SWEPCO on Sunday issued a public appeal to conserve energy Monday and Tuesday. However, conditions across the SPP system worsened and controlled outages were implemented amid persistent, widespread and extreme cold.

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