With the first rain in about 3 weeks, the Ark-La-Tex has been mired in somewhat of a minor drought, but this morning's downpour is bringing some much needed relief.

However, that relief has come with a few problems of it's own.  With the lightning strikes and heavy downpour from this morning, scores of people have found themselves without power.  In fact, at one point this morning, according to Swepco.com, more than 20,000 customers were without power.

As of this writing, at 9:08 am on Tuesday, June 5, Swepco is still showing that 4,397 homes are still without power.

From Swepco.com

According to the coverage map above, these outages range from extreme Caddo and Bossier parishes all the way to Desoto and Sabine parishes and some of the outages extend all the way to Natchitoches.

To report an outage of your own or to check the status of your current outage, just log on to SWEPCO.com.

And SWEPCO reminds you to never approach a downed power line.  Call them immediately if you discover something like this. 1-888-216-3523