Thousands of people across a large swathe of the Belize District has been immersed in a power outage since 8:00 this morning - and at this hour, it is still ongoing!

That means all residences and communities from Mile 1 to 37 along the Philip Goldson Highway and Mile 1 to 25 on the George Price Highway.

The outage was announced earlier this week and it was to have gone from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, but the work to install and relocate power lines took longer than expected, and those areas are still under blackout.

BEL says the work is necessary to accommodate construction of the new Airport Link Road - from mile 8 on the Western Highway, right to the Airport road.

BEL says power should be back shortly - but for those areas that have been waiting from 4:30 for power to come back, they need more than promises at this hour.

UPDATE:

Outage Extended

And there's worse news for customers along the Phillip Goldson and George Price Highways in the Belize District at this hour. A power outage that's been going from 8:00 this morning has been extended to 10:00pm due to broken pole caused by an excavator in the new airport road construction area.

But, on the upside, news reaching us at this hour says power has been restored to some areas and population centers like Ladyville.

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