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Nov 3, 2022

40% of Electrical Power Restored in Affected Areas

Portions of the country tonight remain without electricity and it is estimated that power will be restored fully until Sunday. Personnel from Belize Electricity Limited have been out from early working on the restoration of current, as there are many power lines stretched across streets, lampposts snapped in two or bent over as a result of Hurricane Lisa. The damage is primarily in the Belize and Cayo districts, which is about sixty percent of the utility company’s customers that have been affected.  This evening, even as B.E.L. personnel were still on the ground working, Corporate Communications Manager, Vonetta Burrell, indicated that power has been restored to forty percent of their affected customers so far.  


Vonetta Burrell, Manager, Corporate Communications Department, B.E.L.

Vonetta Burrell

“As of this afternoon, we have restored service to approximately forty percent of customers who were severely affected by damages sustained during Hurricane Lisa. Most of these damages to the power system occurred in the Belize and Cayo districts which account for sixty percent of our customer base. So of all the customers of B.E.L. throughout the country, sixty percent of them are in the areas that were most affected in the Cayo District and Belize District. Our work continues, our assessments continue. We have extensive damages throughout the Belize District primarily and there are some damages that were sustained in the Cayo District. At this point, we also want to advise customers that you may be experiencing some localised outages. In the areas where there is extensive damage to personal property, your neighbour might have power, but you may not be able to get reconnected because there are necessary repairs that are needed to your service entrance and that requires the assistance of a certified electrician. So we urge customers who have sustained damages to their property, particularly service entrance damage to please get a certified electrician to assist with making those repairs.”


It is expected that eighty percent of power will be restored by the end of day on Friday.


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