911 service restored in Westmoreland County

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WESTMORELAND COUNTY, Pa. - An estimated 31,000 people in Westmoreland County were unable to call 911 dispatchers due to a telephone issue Tuesday.

Service was restored Tuesday night.

Problems dialing Westmoreland 911 were reported in several communities north of Route 22, according to Dan Stevens, spokesman for the department of public safety.

“This started to occur somewhere around 9 a.m.  We were made aware of it around noon,” said Stevens.

The issues mainly affected Windstream customers with landline telephones, Stevens said.

Anyone needing emergency assistance was directed to either use a cellphone to call 911 or visit any nearby police station, fire department or ambulance service.

"We apologize for the delay. We are in contact with 911 officials and will keep them up to date throughout the restoration effort," a Windstream official said Tuesday afternoon.