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Archive for June 30th, 2009

Fibre cable cut in the Ottawa Valley (again)

June 30, 2009 @ 16:18 By: gordon Category: General

My Dad just called me from the cottage on his cellphone and mentioned that apparently there’s been a major fibre cable cut (again) somewhere up the Ottawa Valley. It’s affecting Eganville (613-628), Golden Lake (613-625) and Killaloe (613-757) and probably other exchanges up there, too. It seems that local calling in these exchanges is possible, but that outbound long distance calls are not going through. I tried calling the landline at the cottage, which is provided by Bell, and got a fast busy signal, so inbound calls are equally affected.

Update #1: The Ottawa Citizen has posted a story about the impact on the OPP and emergency services, which includes this quote:

Police said people who require emergency police, paramedic or fire assistance should still dial 911. If unable to connect, they should contact the agency through the 10-digit number available in the phone book.

If telephone communication is impossible, paramedics and police officers are available at OPP detachments and paramedic bases throughout the county.

Update #2: A CBC story posted on July 1st reports that the problem was fully resolved around 9pm Tuesday evening after about 8 hours.