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Storm leaves Loganton without phone service

SV firefighters man station for emergencies

AMBER MORRIS/THE EXPRESS Loganton residents clean up downed tree branches after Saturday evening’s storm that left hundreds of households without phone lines.

By AMBER MORRIS

For The Express

LOGANTON — Saturday’s sultry and humid temperatures brought with them a line of severe thunderstorms that stretched across most of the central Pennsylvania area leaving one Clinton County community without phone service.

The storm, which produced high winds and sideways blowing rain and hail, also brought with it a debilitating strike to the only form of outside telecommunications for many residents of Sugar Valley — the phone lines.

For several decades those who live in the Sugar Valley/570-725 phone area have only had TDS Telecom as their sole option for home landline phone services, leaving many residents without any communication to the outside world, other than cell phones, which many older people and Amish residents do not have.

And since the outage means that nobody can call 911 for help from a landline, Sugar Valley Community Volunteer Fire Company Chief Scott Kemmerer is stressing the importance of knowing the alternate EMS numbers in case of an emergency.

“Since TDS is down for calling outside the Valley from a landline, including 911 and also the non-emergency number, we want the public to know that the fire hall is being manned,” he stated.

“If you have an emergency, cell phones seem to work for 911 at this time. If it is a non-emergency please call the non-emergency number for the Clinton County Communications Center at 570-748-2936, or come to the fire station at 24 W. Anthony St. in Loganton,” Kemmerer said.

A release from the communications center indicated that TDS has been notified and advised that needed parts to correct the problem are being secured.

“A tentative repair date of Monday, July 8, has been provided,” the release states.

When contacted, a TDS Telecom customer service representative said the company is “working as fast as they can.”

Additional information can be found by viewing the Clinton County Department of Emergency Services Facebook page or phoning TDA directly at 570-725-3500.

Those seeking additional information are kindly reminded not to call 911 for phone outage information.

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