Date/Time of Release: 12/19/2011 - 09:20
Contact Person: Dwes Hutson
Contact Number: 541-440-4464
Subject: 911 Outage, Winston to Coos Bay
Date/Time of Incident: 12/18/2011 - 20:00
Incident Location: Hwy 42 near Hoover Hill Road, Winston, Oregon
Case Number: 11-4813
On December 18th, at about 2000 hours, residents in the Tenmile, Camas Valley and Coos Bay areas experienced a phone outage affecting 911 service. Citizens in the affected area are not able to call 911 from their land line telephone.
When Century Link technicians arrived to investigate the outage, they discovered someone had cut an overhead phone cable in an attempt to steal copper wire.
Technicians have been working through the night to fix the problem and expect the repairs to be finished sometime later today.
Citizens in the affected area who need to reach 911 can use a cellular phone or they can go to the Camas Valley or Tenmile fire stations. Those stations will be manned until the lines are repaired.
The Sheriff's Office is working with Century Link to investigate the incident. If anyone has information, they can call the Sheriff's Office at 541-440-4471.