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Portions of county experiencing phone, 911 outage

Cook County Sheriff's Office - Photo by Rhonda Silence
Cook County Sheriff's Office - Photo by Rhonda Silence

**UPDATE - 9:30 p.m., August 6 ** 
As of approximately 8:30 p.m., CenturyLink  notified the Sheriff’s Office that the fiber line damage that caused the outage has been repaired and 911 service is restored. 

**UPDATE  - 2:00 p.m., August 6**

CenturyLink has notified the Cook County Sheriff's Office that only the 388 and 475 exchange are affected with the disruption to 911 service due to a fiber line being severed.  
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Cook County is once again experiencing problems with telephone service. 

There is currently an intermittent disruption of 911 service in the parts of the Hovland and Gunflint Trail areas. According to the Cook County Sheriff's Office, the outage is affecting approximately 102 customers. 
During this outage, the  Hovland and Gunflint Trail fire halls will be staffed with emergency personnel with ARMER radio capabilities who can connect to 911 dispatch.
 If you are without a 911 connection and experience a situation requiring emergency response, go to your nearest fire hall.
The sheriff's office says it is unknown at this time how long the disruption will last, but updates will be shared when they are available.