Black out caused by rust and weather

The Island Newspaper, Ambergris Caye, Belize            Vol. 15, No. 21            May 26, 2005

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Over the past few weeks, it seems that if one utility is working in San Pedro Town, the other one is failing. This past week and through the weekend, residents experienced "black outs" during different times of the day.

    In an interview with Vonetta Burrell, public relations officer for Belize Electricity Limited, The San Pedro Sun discovered that the outages that occurred on Saturday and Sunday were indeed planned. Two outages were planned for each day.

    However, on Monday, May 23rd, the outage experienced by San Pedro was country wide. At approximately 8:45 p.m. the country of Belize was enveloped by darkness when "guy" wires, for a pole supporting the main transmission line from Mexico rusted out at ground level, and during the lightning storm, broke loose and fell across the live wires, faulting out the whole system. This in turn caused the entire nation to lose electrical power for times estimated between twenty minutes to two hours.

    Unlike other incidences, Monday's black out was not caused by sabotage. After a meeting with technicians, Burrell reported to The Sun that it may have been caused by the "guy" wires being rusted. However, they are also stating that it might have been weather related, with lightning being the main culprit. The company says the issue of poor maintenance will be addressed immediately to avoid any similar occurrences.

    On Tuesday, San Pedro Town had to be connected to the main electrical source and that was the reason for the brief loss of current. Burrell further warns that there will be an interruption on Thursday, May 26th, 2005 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon. Check Coral Cable Vision (channel 7) for information on the areas affected.
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