Friday, September 5, 2008

Construction crew cut off Texas town's 911 service for second time in two weeks

For the second time in as many weeks, service to the Friendswood Texas emergency phone center was disrupted on Thursday. A ditch bulkhead wall put up by a work crew collapsed and cut phone lines to the city's public safety building.

Two weeks ago, the same work crew severed the phone lines with a backhoe.

Thursday's phone disruptions happened at about noon. An automatic switch sent all 911 calls to nearby Webster, where Friendswood dispatchers stationed themselves until the phone lines were fixed. It was not until 7PM that all the circuits had been completely restored.

Friendswood Police Chief Bob Wieners said the work crews failed to stabilize the ditch bulkheads that surrounded the phone lines. The crew was working to install a sewer line for a nearby office complex.

Police said they are fed up with having phone service being disrupted, so the superintendent on the construction site was issued two misdemeanor citations. He was cited for reckless damage as well as violating city codes. (info from KHOU TV)

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