911 services restored in Clark County

first_imgFollowing statewide phone network outages overnight Thursday, 911 services, for the most part, were restored to Clark County by Friday morning, though Clark Regional Emergency Services Agency was still receiving intermittent reports of some emergency call failures.The system appeared to be operating properly as of Friday afternoon. Radio traffic monitored at The Columbian chirped with information about police conducting premise checks, injuries caused by falls and vehicle prowlers.The local outage was part of a nationwide outage, which originated with telecommunications provider CenturyLink, and also left many customers without internet. The outage began early in the day but by late Thursday night, the Monroe, La.-based company tweeted that its engineers had identified a “network element” that was affecting services and expected to fully restore services within hours.Emergency services across Washington were affected due to the problem. A news release from the Yakima Valley Office of Emergency Management on Thursday evening informed residents there of 911 alternatives. Cowlitz County Emergency Management did the same.Instead of dialing 911, CRESA asked callers with emergencies to dial 360-693-3111. The county’s 311 nonemergency service appeared to be unaffected, the agency said, and its 911 text message service also still functioned.last_img