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Lightning strike disrupted Westmoreland County 911 calls, official says

Brian C. Rittmeyer
| Tuesday, July 17, 2018, 8:36 a.m.
Anyone needing to reach Westmoreland County 911 should instead dial 724-832-1103.
Anyone needing to reach Westmoreland County 911 should instead dial 724-832-1103.

Westmoreland County’s 911 center reported that a lightning strike at its Hempfield facility on Tuesday caused issues with emergency calls coming into the center.

Problems with 911 calls started around 8 a.m. but the system was back up by 9:30 a.m., asupervisor said.

“Due to a severe lighting strike at the Westmoreland County Department of Public Safety building, the center is experiencing technical difficulties with the emergency radio network and phone lines,” public information officer Mary Beth Eslary said.

She said anyone continuing to experience difficulties calling 911 should call 724-832-1103.

Westmoreland received assistance from surrounding counties to assist with the radio network, Eslary said.

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