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911 system temporarily down in Ore. county

Anyone with an emergency is being asked to contact their local fire station directly for help


By Everton Bailey Jr.
The Oregonian

HOOD RIVER COUNTY, Ore. — Hood River County emergency phone lines are now being rerouted because of 911 service outages Sunday, according to the Hood County Sheriff's Office.

As of 1:10 p.m., the Hood River County 911 center's non-emergency line is working sporadically, said Sgt. Pete Hughes, a county sheriff's spokesman. The sheriff's office announced just after 5:45 a.m. that the 911 center's administrative and emergency lines were down.

"The 911 system is working at this point, just not at full capacity," Hughes said in an email. "The problem exists with CenturyLink."

A spokeswoman with CenturyLink has not immediately responded to a request for comment.

Anyone with an emergency and having trouble reaching emergency dispatchers is asked to contact their local fire station directly for help. The Hood River city police non-emergency line can also be called at 541-386-2121.

There is no estimate for when full 911 service will be restored.

The 911 center dispatches to agencies including the Hood River County Sheriff's Office, the Hood River, Wyeast, West Side, Parkdale and Cascade Locks fire departments and acts as a backup dispatcher for the Oregon State Police Department, Oregon Department of Forestry, Columbia River Intertribal Fisheries Enforcement and United States Forest Service law enforcement.

More than 22,600 people live in Hood River County.

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