The Governor of Louisiana declared a State of Emergency in the destruction of certain materials stored at Camp Minden. In order to accomplish this task, a burn chamber, constructed in Oklahoma, will be transported to Camp Minden for the on-site destruction of the material. The 28-foot tall load has arrived at the Port of Natchitoches, and will move by road to Camp Minden on February 8. The move is expected to be completed in four days.

Electric service to a total of about 6,000 SWEPCO customers will be disrupted during the move at different times. Communities impacted by service interruptions include Grand Ecore, Clarence, Red Oak, Coushatta, Carroll, Taylortown and Haughton.

In order to allow the load to safely pass our facilities, SWEPCO crews will need to disconnect and reconnect electric wires that span the route at 452 places. Forty seven of these crossings are main feeder circuits, making the move more complex and impacting more customers.  SWEPCO will have two supervisors, six troublemen and three line crews (about a dozen vehicles) traveling with the load and will work to minimize disruptions to customers.

SWEPCO will notify impacted customers of the upcoming service inconvenience through automated phone calls. However, we may not be able to pinpoint the specific days and times service will be disrupted and the estimated restoration times.

Updates on the location of the oversized load will be posted soon at SWEPCO.com/MindenMove and SWEPCO’s Twitter feed, @SWEPCOnews.