911 back in service in McIntosh County

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Updated: 7/11/2013 11:13 pm Published: 7/11/2013 1:06 pm

AT&T crews finished repairs to a cable while that put down landline and cellphones lines impacting 911 service in Latimer, Pittsburg and McIntosh counties.

Thursday night around 11:00 p.m. McIntosh County Emergency Services Director Wesley Dawson said 911 was operational.

The outage started at noon on Thursday.

"You are going to get a fast busy or your call cannot be completed," said McIntosh County Emergency Management Director Wesley Dawson.

Since the 911 outage in McIntosh County started around noon on Thursday, those needing 911 were told to call Checotah Police at 918-743-4555.

"Luckily it's been quiet. That is, if the people need it, they got the message to call Checotah Police Department,' said McIntosh County dispatcher Bryan Dornan.

All calls going to Checotah are being shared electronically. For security reasons FOX23 News couldn't reveal how, but the dispatcher told us there was a call about something suspicious.

"They heard an explosion and they wanted to know if we knew anything about it," said Dornan.

Officials said there was not an explosion. This information is being shared with deputies by radio.

"Our radios work so we can still dispatch. It just takes a little bit longer to get the information," said Dornan.

Cellphone coverage is spotty and landlines are not expected to work.

"It is just one of those things, it's just scary," said Eufaula resident Linda Stephens. "My husband has cancer and he is on hospice, so that was a concern of ours."

This time last week was the 4th of July, when call volume increases. Two weeks ago there were 68 calls on Thursday. This Thursday, there were only a handful reported.

Dornan hopes to get the lines repaired soon so he can get back on the front lines answering emergencies.

"I hope they get it up running quickly so the people in McIntosh County can get the help," said Dornan.

AT&T told Dawson the lines could be repaired by midnight or Friday morning.

A spokesperson for AT&T released this statement to FOX23 News: "Due to a third-party cable cut, some AT&T customers in Latimer and McIntosh counties may be experiencing issues with wireline and wireless services. Restoring service is a top priority and technicians are on site working to repair the cable as quickly as possible. We apologize for this inconvenience."

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