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RE: Phone networks struggle in Hurricane Katrina's wake

  • From: Peering
  • Date: Tue Aug 30 17:15:56 2005

We just received word they were evacuating the folks out of the
Superdome too, as that's now in 3 feet of water...and rising.

Diane Turley
Sr. Network Engineer
Xspedius Communications Co.

-----Original Message-----
From: [] On Behalf Of
Fergie (Paul Ferguson)
Sent: Tuesday, August 30, 2005 2:46 PM
Subject: Phone networks struggle in Hurricane Katrina's wake

Via Reuters.


Telephone companies struggled to restore service and measure the damage
to their networks in Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday after
Hurricane Katrina cut power and triggered severe flooding.

A spokesman for BellSouth Corp., the largest local telephone company in
the region, said while the company estimated about 53,000 lines were out
in the two states, the actual numbers were likely to be higher.

Cingular Wireless and Sprint Nextel Corp. said cellular service in the
area had been affected as well.

All three companies said power losses were the main threat to further
service failures, but that flooding was hampering their efforts to reach
network equipment.

Entergy Corp. reported more than a million customers without power in
Louisiana and Mississippi, and warned customers to expect a long and
difficult restoration that could take weeks.

New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin told television station WWL that 80 percent
of the city was under water, and authorities declared martial law in
some areas.


- ferg

"Fergie", a.k.a. Paul Ferguson
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