BELFAST — Several Waldo County towns experienced a 911 outage the morning of Thursday, Jan. 27. Consolidated Communications contacted Waldo County Emergency Management Agency at about 9 a.m. reporting that an outage near Fryberg had scrambled the system for several towns in the county, EMA Director Dale Rowley said. Service was restored to those towns affected as of 11:12 a.m. Thursday.

Households in Belmont, Brooks, Liberty, Morrill, Palermo, Searsmont and Stockton Springs were impacted, with some not even getting a dial tone, Rowley said.

In events like this, cellphones are more robust, he said. If someone is not able to dial 911 on their landline, they can use a cellphone to call 338-2040 or 800-660-3398 and reach dispatchers in an emergency.

When the issue was resolved, EMA sent out another message letting the public know at about 11:12 a.m. Some people receive alerts of the issue on their cellphones. Rowley wanted to get the message out during the outage so people could alert friends and family who might not have a cellphone.