Lightning strikes temporarily disables Lincoln 911 calls

By Staff reports

HAMLIN, W.Va. -- A lightning strike late Wednesday evening disabled the Lincoln County Emergency Dispatch Center’s direct 911 line for more than an hour, according to dispatchers.

The lightning strike happened at around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday and disabled the center’s “trunk line,” which receives 911 calls. The dispatch center was able to reroute its calls to Boone County Emergency Dispatch, which then transferred calls back to Lincoln County’s working business line.

Only one emergency call was received during the outage, according to a 911 dispatcher. A few of the center’s radios were also disabled in the strike, but were restored. A few fuses were replaced, the dispatcher said, but the building did not suffer any real damage.

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