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The Shawnee News-Star
  • PHONE OUTAGE: Severed phone lines disrupt service in much of Shawnee

  • Many Shawnee area AT&T landline customers, including St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital, have lost landline phone service after a three large telephone trunks that service this area were severed by a construction company on Friday, officials said.
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  • Many Shawnee area AT&T landline customers, including St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital, have lost landline phone service after a three large telephone trunks that service this area were severed by a construction company on Friday, officials said.
    Don Lynch, Shawnee/Pottawatomie County emergency management director, said landline service is impacted in a large portion of the city, North of Highland Street. Cell phone service has not been affected by the outage.
    Late Friday night, Lynch said AT&T crews were working to repair the damage, however, it could be as long as four days before all the lines have been repaired.
    Citizens without landline service are encouraged to use their cell phones to call 9-1-1, to contact a neighbor who has a cell phone to make emergency calls, or to go to a nearby business and ask them to call 9-1-1 if needed, Lynch said.
    The outage also is affecting St. Anthony Shawnee Hospital and St. Anthony Physicians. Both facilities are experiencing phone issues and a unable to receive or make calls.
    “AT&T has notified us that a line was cut, and they are working on the issue,” said Carla Tollett, marketing director. “It is estimated that phone service will be fully restored on Tuesday, July 15.”
    The hospital has been able to maintain one phone line, 405-273-2270, she said.
     
     

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