Tree on Transmission Line Plunges City into Long Blackout

Belize City was plunged into an afternoon-long blackout all because of a tree that fell unto a transmission line in the Lake Independence area. A small event but it cast a wide net, cutting power across the city including at the Radisson where over a dozen CARICOM Prime Ministers, Presidents and Premiers had to hold their afternoon meeting with sea breeze ventilation as the generator at the Radisson does not run the air conditioner.

A big headache for BEL and just about everyone else, and the problem wasnít isolated until after three and power was not restored to all of the city until a few minutes before 6:00. A release from BEL explained that the area where the tree fell unto the line was swampy and that made it difficult for work crews to access it.

Live and let live