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November 6, 2013 at 10:04 PM

Severed underwater cable cuts CenturyLink service to San Juan, Orcas and Lopez islands

An underwater CenturyLink cable has been severed cutting local voice and 911 service to San Juan, Orcas and Lopez islands, according to a statement on the website sanjuanislander.com.

The cable break is limiting phone calls to their island of origin, according to a statement from  San Juan County Emergency Management.

Divers are looking at the severed cable, which is about a mile off of Lopez Island, but there is currently no estimated time for service to be restored.

“CenturyLink is working with Orcas Power & Light Cooperative (OPALCO) to provide a temporary solution that would restore local voice and 911 services,” the sanjuanislander website says. “CenturyLink will use OPALCO’s fiber cable and microwave system to connect customers with service while CenturyLink works to repair the severed cable.”

Updates on the outage will be posted on OPALCO’s website, Facebook and Twitter (@orcaspower).

More from the San Juan County Emergency Management news release:

“911 emergency calls on San Juan Island are being routed to the local 911 center. In case of an emergency, residents on Lopez Island are instructed to call Lopez Fire district at 360-468-2991 from a wired phone or go to the main station at 2228 Fisherman Bay Rd. in Lopez Village.

“Residents on Orcas Island should call the Orcas Island Fire District at 360-376-2331 from a wired phone or go to the fire station located at 45 Lavender Lane, Eastsound.”

More from the sanjuanislander website:

“Two San Juan County Dispatchers have temporarily relocated. One will be taking calls at Fire Station 41 on Lopez Island and the other at Fire District 21 on Orcas Island.”

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