03.02.1997Corporate

Flood Waters Disrupt Phone Service


Flood Waters Disrupt Phone Service


March 2, 1997







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CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Bell Atlantic customers in parts of
West Virginia
are without telephone service today due to flood-ravaged creeks and
rivers.


Rising waters have isolated or covered many telephone facilities,
disrupting service to hundreds of customers, particularly in the
western and central parts of the state. Specific trouble areas
include Sissonville, Clendenin, Walton, Spencer, Milton and
Barboursville.


"Our work crews are out and making repairs where they can," said Tim
Jones, operations manager for the Charleston/Huntington region.
"However, continued high water is keeping us from getting to our
equipment in a number of locations. We'll get to those areas as soon
as it's safe for us to do so.


"We encourage customers to be patient as we work to restore their
phone service," said Jones.


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