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#381930 - 06/29/10 02:47 PM BEL Reports on Power System Related to TS Alex
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BEL Reports on Power System Performance Related to Tropical Storm Alex


Release Date: June 27, 2010

Power supply was maintained to most areas of the country during Tropical Storm Alex last night. As soon as it was safe for BEL work crews to be dispatched to the field, work commenced on identifying line faults that resulted during the storm and caused loss of power supply to several communities.

Stormy weather conditions resulted in the loss of power to two sections of San Pedro Town, several communities along the Western Highway and the Burrell Boom Road. Line crews worked on restoring power to these affected areas during the course of the night and between 10:00 p.m. last night and 8:30 a.m. this morning, power supply was fully restored to all affected areas.

In Belmopan City, a few sections were affected by a one hour power outage early this morning that resulted from a damaged underground cable near the Belmopan Market area. In Orange Walk Town, areas along the San Antonio Road experienced a three and half hour power outage this morning, as a result of a faulty insulator in the vicinity of the Orange Walk Substation.

At 9:04 p.m. yesterday, power supply was lost to Tower Hill up to Guinea Grass Village in the Orange Walk District. Line crews are currently working on replacing four lamp poles along the Guinea Grass Road. Power supply is expected to be restored by 6:30 p.m. today.

At 11:01 p.m. yesterday, power supply was lost to San Lazaro Village up to Blue Creek and Cuatro Leguas in the Orange Walk District. Work crews are currently working on replacing two downed lamp poles along the August Pine Ridge road and power supply is expected to be restored by 4:00 p.m. today.

BEL thanks customers for their patience during these storm related power outages. For more information contact BEL at 0-800-235-2273.

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#381935 - 06/29/10 02:59 PM Re: BEL Reports on Power System Related to TS Alex [Re: Marty]
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Storm Causes Isolated, Extended Blackouts

And while the MET office says the storm made landfall in Belize City - the most significant effects were felt in the southern Orange Walk district.
According to BEL, four lamp posts along the Guinea Grass Road had to be replaced and the villages of Tower Hill and Guinea Grass were without power for over 24 hours. The power went at 9:00 on Saturday night and residents of Guinea Grass tell us that it didn't come back until this morning.

Power was also lost in San Lazaro Village up to Blue Creek and Cuatro Leguas in the Orange Walk District at 11:00 on Saturday night and extending for 17 hours. Accoridng to BEL Two lamp poles went down along the August Pine Ridge road. Power was restored on Sunday afternoon.

Stormy weather also caused shorter power outages in two sections of San Pedro Town, as well as several communities along the Western Highway and the Burrell Boom Road.

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