McKenzie Junction phones still down two months after flash flood [telecom]

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McKENZIE JUNCTION - Landline phone service in this area of
Custer County remains down for around 40 CenturyLink customers more
than two months after a phone cable was damaged during flash flooding.
The cable was damaged on July 15 when torrential rain over the Junkins
Fire burn scar led to flash flooding along South Hardscrabble Creek
that washed out Custer County Road / U.S. Forest Service Road 386,
under which the cable ran.

"By not having telephone service, my life has been at risk," said
Clara Reida, 81, a McKenzie Junction resident since 1965.  Reida is on
oxygen 24/7 and requires multiple medications.  Reida says she had to
hire additional caretakers for around-the-clock monitoring for her
safety due to the phone outage.  "I had no way to contact anyone for
help," Reida said.

Bill Horne
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