911 service restored across Washington

911 service restored across Washington
SEATTLE (AP) - Emergency 911 phone service has been restored in Washington after a 6-hour-long statewide overnight outage.

CenturyLink spokeswoman Kerry Zimmer in Spokane says service was restored about 8 a.m. Thursday in Washington. Service was restored about 6:30 a.m. in parts of Oregon that also were affected.

The outages began about 1:30 a.m. and the cause remains under investigation.

Zimmer and Washington state Emergency Management spokeswoman Wendy Freitag say there are no reports of emergencies where people could not get help because of the outage.


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Thursday morning saw a 9-1-1 outage that emergency officials say was widespread, possibly affecting the entire state of Washington.

It appears that the 911 system failure was a result of a telecommunications system failure, the exact cause is unknown at this time.

Officially say if you need to call 9-1-1 and your call is not going through, you should instead call your local police or sheriff's non-emergency number. CenturyLink is currently working to correct the problem.

NON-EMERGENCY NUMBERS:
Benton County: (509) 628-0333
Franklin County: (509) 545-3510
Walla Walla County - (509) 527-3265
Yakima County - (509) 865-4202
Kittitas County - (509) 925-8534
Columbia County: (509) 382-2518