Landlines at the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in Wayne County are down following an accident Monday night.
- Landlines at the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) in Wayne County are down following an accident Monday night.
According to the Wayne County Office of Emergency Management, an accident that occurred July 29 on Route 652 has caused "major Verizon telephone outages in the Berlin Township area."
Other county services affected by the outage are Emergency Management and the Wayne County Recycling Center.
Emergency Management coordinator Steve Price said that the lines "could potentially be out for up to two days," but is hoping they are restored sooner.
Price said that the 911 lines are currently "being re-routed to cell phone numbers in the 911 center." If a citizen dials 911, their call "will be re-routed directly to the 911 center."
Commissioner Wendell Kay said "currently, there are no landlines available at the EOC." The EOC holds both the Emergency Management Agency and the 911 call center.
He also said that normal business calls should be directed to the following non-emergency numbers of 1-570-229-1335 and 1-570- 229-1336.
All those in an emergency should continue to dial 911.
"People are dialing 911 for emergencies and are getting through," said Kay.
Emergency Management can be reached by calling Deputy Coordinator Pete Hooker at 390-9217 or Coordinator Steve Price at 390-9216. These are county cell phones and can be provided to the public if necessary.
The Recycling Center can be reached by dialing 1-570-493-6335.
"Everything is up and running," Kay said. "We hope within 48 hours that the services will be restored."