Fiber-optic cable break severs communications in Walla Walla area

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WALLA WALLA -- A broken fiber-optic cable interrupted service Tuesday to Qwest business customers and residential lines served by other providers.

According to Qwest spokesman Bob Gravely, the break occurred about 7:45 a.m. when a construction crew replacing road signs on U.S. Highway 12 west of Walla Walla severed the fiber-optic line running between Walla Walla and Pasco.

The break interrupted service primarily to Qwest business customers, Gravely said. Residential lines served by other providers who use the line were also affected. Gravely said he did not immediately know the exact number of customers who had their service cut

Qwest crews were able to repair the damage by about noon and restore service, Gravely said.

Walla Walla County 911 services were not disrupted by the break, said Tim Bennett, Walla Walla Police Department spokesman.

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