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#391223 - 10/28/10 02:09 PM Progress With Power Restoration
Marty Offline
And tonight, 72 hours after the storm made landfall many areas across the Belize district are still under a blackout - what's worse some communities do not have running water - and we don't have to tell you how crazy it can get being without water for 3 days straight!

Numbers released by BEL late this evening state that approximately 52,800 customers lost power following Hurricane Richard, and as of this evening, power has been restored to over 95% of them, leaving approximately 2,600 customers without electricity.

The communities that are still without full power at this time are Lords Bank Village - where power has been restored to some areas and the rest should get it by 11:30 tonight. Along the Western Highway from Bainsville to Mile 25 won't get power until tomorrow afternoon while the area from Franks Eddy to La Democracia, including Mahogany Heights should be restored by 11:30 tonight.

In Freetown Sibun and Gracie Rock, works have been delayed by flooding. In the Belize River Valley from Scotland Halfmoon to Rancho Dolores and Lemonal, power has been restored to most homes, while a few customers won't get power until midnight tomorrow.

Along the Hummingbird Highway from Alta Vista to St. Margaret's, power has been restored to all areas, except for Middlesex, St. Margaret's and Hummingbird Community. Power will be restored to those areas by 11:30 tomorrow night. And Mullins River should gets its power restored by midnight tomorrow.

One corporate citizen, Bowen and Bowen Limited came up for Mahogany Heights when reports surfaced that folks were gathering water out of drains - and deployed a five thousand gallon container of water and five thousand pouches of water this afternoon.

And now to school…for some it started today and for others still recovering from major storm damage, there will be no school until Thursday Friday or Monday. We'll have an updated list on our website a little later, but for those who don't have the internet, I'll go ahead and read off the list of schools IN THE BELIZE DISTRICT that will be opening tomorrow:

  • Bethel Primary
  • Wesley Upper?
  • Our lady of the Way-Ladyville?
  • St. Joseph?
  • St. Martin?
  • Ebenezer Methodist?
  • James Garbutt SDA
  • Gwen Liz?Muslim
  • Community?Excelsior?
  • St. John Vianney?
  • St. Ignatius ?
  • Grace Primary?
  • Queen Street Baptist?
  • Calvary Temple?
  • Nazarene Buttonwood Bay
  • ?Pallotti High
  • ?Calvary Temple?
  • Nazarene High
  • ?Sadie Vernon
  • ?Maud Williams
  • ?Ephesus SDA
  • ?Trinity Methodist
  • ?Friends Boy School
  • ?Living Hope
  • ?St. Luke Methodist
  • ?Salvation Army
  • ?All Saints
  • ?SJCJC
  • and Sesame Street Pre-sChool.

Other schools will be opened on Friday and Monday and you can find the full list at 7newsbelize.com


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#391265 - 10/28/10 10:01 PM Re: Progress With Power Restoration [Re: Marty]
Amanda Syme Offline
Thanks for the report!!

Kudos to Bowen and Bowen Limited for the generous donation of potable water.

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#391303 - 10/29/10 02:12 PM Re: Progress With Power Restoration [Re: Marty]
Marty Offline

Bel….

And before we close tonight we have an update on the electricity distribution system.

In Lord's Bank Village only one section of the community is still without power, along the western highway form Bainsville to mile 25, only about 50 customers are still without power, in Freetown Sibun and Gracie Rock, the last 50 customers will get power by midnight on Friday. In Belize City and surrounding areas, there are approximately 130 customers reporting no power and they'll have it restored by midnight on Friday.

As for schools, those that should start tomorrow are:

Wesley College, ?St. Catherine's Academy and Holy Redeemer where they are Asking for Students from upper division to report tomorrow to assist in the clean up efforts.

And as for Channel 7, we have started work on our news tower and it should be completed by tomorrow. Thereafter, it will be another day or so before the transmitting antennae are mounted - so those who rely on our broadcast signal - in areas such as Caye caulker, crooked tree and throughout the river valley, should have that signal restored by Monday. And our transmission facility is still running on standby power as BEL has not completed the connections to fully restore power. As for the news that you folks without power or cable have been missing, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday's news will be repeated with limited commercial interruption right after tonight's newscast…

Channel 7


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