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911 Phone Service Restored To Entire State Of Washington

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UPDATE: SEATTLE (AP) - Emergency 911 phone service has been restored in Washington after a 6-hour-long statewide overnight outage.
   
CenturyLink spokeswoman Kerry Zimmer in Spokane says service was restored about 8 a.m. Thursday in Washington. Service was restored about 6:30 a.m. in parts of Oregon that also were affected.
   
The outages began about 1:30 a.m. and the cause remains under investigation.
   
Zimmer and Washington state Emergency Management spokeswoman Wendy Freitag (fry-TAG') say there are no reports of emergencies where people could not get help because of the outage.

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PREVIOUS COVERAGE: SEATTLE (AP) - Some 911 service has been restored in parts of Washington but CenturyLink is still working on the statewide outage.Spokeswoman Kerry Zimmer says technicians hope to restore all 911 service Thursday, but she can't say for sure how long it will take or what caused the problem. She says it's unknown if the problem was caused by computer hacking or an equipment problem.

Zimmer says it began about 1:30 a.m. Thursday at Sheridan, Ore., and service in Oregon was affected for a time. It has since been restored.

Service is disrupted statewide because the dispatch centers are all tied together.

Until service is restored, Zimmer recommends that people with an emergency try a 911 call from a cellphone, which sometimes works better than a land line.

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KHQ.COM - 39 Counties in Washington State are dealing with a 911 line outage this morning from landlines and cell phones. Crews are currently working to repair the problem. If you have an emergency this morning and are unable to get through on 911, the following business lines are still operating:

(Do not call just to see if 911 is working. This will flood the lines and hinder anyone with a real emergency. We will let you know as soon as the problem is fixed.)


Spokane County: 509-456-2233

Stevens County: 509-684-2555

Lincoln County: 509-725-3501

Okanogan County: 509-422-7232

Grant County: 509-762-1160

Adams County: 509-659-1122
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