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Posted: Thursday, June 18, 2020. 8:06 pm CST.

By Aaron Humes: For what may be the first time ever, spillways above the three hydroelectric dams on the Macal River – Chalillo, Vaca and Mollejon in that order – became active, according to the Belize Electric Company Limited (BECOL).

Consistent rains over the country in the past 24 hours are the cause.

BECOL says it continues to update the National Emergency Management Organization and the National Meteorological Service of the water levels at all three facilities and encourages downstream communities to listen to official advisories from the relevant authorities.

On the bright side, the dams, which supply 40 percent of Belize’s electricity are in full operation, reducing the burden of acquiring electricity from Mexico for the time being.

 

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