BEL’s hardworking crew restores power to San Pedro
Friday, August 12th, 2016
Before Hurricane Earl made its debut in San Pedro, both Belize Water Service (BWS), along with Belize Electricity Limited (BEL), took precautionary measures and turned off their sources. After Earl’s hit on the early morning of August 4th, electricians, technicians, and crew members from Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) began working rigorously that same day to restore power on the island.
With numerous power lines down, broken trees, and snapped lines, BEL was still committed to achieve their goals of repairing and providing 100% service in a speedy manner. Although it was not easy, power restoration was accomplished after 6PM on Thursday, August 4th in certain subdivisions. Those in town received power after 11PM later that night, and on Friday, August 5th, power was completely restored to the island. The community of San Pedro is amazed at how BEL managed to restore electricity in such a short span of time, especially considering the impact of Hurricane Earl. Since then, many have expressed their gratitude to the staff of BEL for their hard work and dedication.
According to a press release from BEL, the company suffered extensive damage to its infrastructure in the Belize District, including San Pedro and Caye Caulker, during the passage of Hurricane Earl. “BEL expects that, at the completion of the second phase, 95% of the country will be restored. The final stage will be completed on Saturday, August 6.”
In another press release issued on Monday, August 8th, BEL stated that they reached their target of having 99% of customers countrywide connected by the end of that day. However, many areas in the Belize District were extremely affected by the hurricane, and BEL is working towards restoring the remaining communities: Old Northern Highway from Altun Ha to Maskall and five villages in the Belize River Valley.
A huge thank you to the San Pedro crew: Elder Alvarez, Gaspar Vasquez, Brian Cob, Josh Lima and Mark White, who were joined by Guadalupe Rosado, Asher Canto and Hilmer Vega from the mainland. Your teamwork, effort, and assistance in restoring power to the island is very much appreciated! You light up our world!
Customers may call BEL 0-800-BEL-CARE (0-800-235-2273) for help with individual service issues.
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