UPDATE TO STORY: 911 service restored after lightning strike

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By Linda Ireland

UPDATE: 911 was restored Tuesday evening, according to dispatch.

911 service in LaRue County has been partially restored.

According to dispatch, “most” landline 911 calls are being routed correctly. Cell phone 911 calls are “hit-and-miss.”

The system went down about 11 p.m. Saturday when it appeared a direct lightning strike hit the phone lines. The surge knocked out the trunk cabinet that controls the phone system.

Nathan Hall, 911 coordinator, said no one was injured but the dispatcher on duty that night “saw sparks” inside the equipment when the system went down.

“It was a close call,” he said. “Multiple pieces of equipment were damaged.” The dispatcher on duty that night saw sparks inside one of the cabinets.

The unit should be returned to service no earlier than noon Wednesday. Watch The LaRue County Herald News’ website www.laruecountyherald.com for updates.

For emergencies, call:

Administrative line: 270-358-0117

Hodgenville Police Department: 270-358-3013

LaRue County Detention Center: 270-358-9876 (must push extension 3)

Hardin County Control: 270-737-5669

Kentucky State Police Post 4: 270-766-5078

When calling, provide address location, call back number, name, and the nature of the emergency.