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CFE reports three fires cause of blackouts in four Playa del Carmen neighborhoods

Playa del Carmen, Q.R. — Hundreds of residents in northeast Playa del Carmen continued to be affected by electrical blackouts. For a second night, residents of Villas del Sol were left without power.

On Tuesday evening, angry residents took to the streets in protest of the ongoing power failures that have affected both homes and businesses. The area had been without electricity for nearly 24 hours. Solidaridad police were on scene directing traffic due to a lack of traffic lights and backed up traffic.

A road block was set up around 6:00 p.m. in protest of the lack of electricity despite a meeting with CFE. On Tuesday, community heads met with Comisión Federal de Electricidad (CFE) personnel to have their power restored as quickly as possible.

Angry residents took to the streets in protest of a second night without electricity. Police were on scene directing traffic due to a lack of traffic lights. Photo: August 8, 202.

While CFE personnel were seen attending to the Loros Street box that had power restored in some areas after a 14-hour outage, many residents were still without power Tuesday night due to three fires.

CFE personnel began to make repairs at the Loros Street location that had some power restored Tuesday.
Photo: August 8, 2023.

On Tuesday evening, angry residents who were still without power blocked CTM Avenue as well as Lilis Avenue that connects with El Tintal highway.

Roads were blocked in northeast Playa del Carmen in protest of the lack of response by the CFE. Photo: August 8, 2023.

The power failures began the evening of August 7. The Municipality of Solidaridad requested the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) carry out the corresponding work to restore power as soon as possible.

Dozens of Chedraui employees were outside unable to work due to the lack of electricity.
Chedraui was one of many businesses affected by the blackout. Photo: August 8, 2023.

Teresita Flota Alcocer, Secretary of Public Works, explained that according to the CFE, these failures are due to three fires which affected four subdivisions. She said CFE personnel were working to resolve the problem and expected power to be fully restored.

According to the CFE, overheated wires caught fire and burned in three boxes affecting four Playa del Carmen subdivisions. Photo: August 8, 2023.

“Due to the fires that have been reported, there are failures in Villas del Sol. For a prompt solution, the Federal Electricity Commission (CFE) immediate attention has been requested. ,We are on the lookout for the maintenance work. We will continue to report,” Solidaridad City Hall posted Tuesday afternoon on social media.