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In North Texas, Collin, Erath, Ellis, Hood, Hunt, Johnson, Kaufman, Navarro, Palo Pinto, Parker, Rockwall, Somervell and Wise counites faced 911 outages. The cities of Balch Springs, Cockrell Hill, Sachse, Seagoville and Wilmer were also affected.
Counties all over the U.S. reported downtimes of their 911 call centers over the past hours, impacting states such as Washington, Oregon, Minnesota, Massachusetts, Idaho, New Mexico, Missouri, Arizona, Colorado, and even some 911 services across the border, in Canada.
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The Clark County 911 Center later acknowledged the accidental text message in a Twitter post early Friday.
In 2016, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission fined the company almost $3 million for failing to reroute emergency calls during a 6 hour service outage in 2014.
The Iowa State Patrol said a county's 911 cellphone calls were being routed to the agency's office in Des Moines.
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"To say it's very worrisome is a bit of an understatement when you're in trouble", Sheriff Larry Fowler said.
He urged residents using cell phones to contact emergency first responders to use the full 10-digit number of a public safety answering point emergency call center (PSAP) or call the local police department if calling 911 does not work.
WyoLotto officials said they would postpone announcing Wyoming's winning state lottery numbers and winnings for the day until after the outage was over. CenturyLink blamed the statewide outage on a third-party vendor but was fined $2.85 million in 2016 by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission. The internet provider did not immediately reply to a request for clarification.
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The company said in a statement Thursday that its network was "still experiencing a disruption" and that it was working to restore services.