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Internet Outages Cause Confusion In Lewis County

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Unlike some areas of the state, Lewis County fared pretty well during the weekend storms that passed through the region. The only major event was a small landslide outside of Weston. But while power was not a problem, a lack of internet service has created some issues for emergency operators.

"We just had a woman Facebook that there was a tornado watch. Well, we've come to find out she posted it 12 hours ago, which was yesterday afternoon," said Emergency Management Director Bill Rowan.

But because of service issues, that status didn't make it to the web until Monday, long after the watch had expired. Rowan and his staff were working to clear up any misconceptions. He said there are very specific places for people to get the most up-to-date information.

"We're trying to get the word out, if there's any. Listen to us on our scanners, weather radios, WHAW, we'll be getting the word out that way if there is anything, but at this current time there is nothing," said Rowan.

Despite the confusion, Rowan said having friends and neighbors talk among themselves only helps in the spread of information. That's something he hopes residents will continue doing, while taking care to share accurate information in the process.

"Absolutely, absolutely. I think it's important, any way to get the word around. Not everyone's friends with operations here at the 911 center, so they all have ways of communicating, and we want people to communicate with each other."

 

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