New England News
8:26 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Collapse Of North Adams Radio Tower, Causes Outages

City officials say emergency service has been restored to the western Massachusetts town of North Adams approximately 11 hours after cell phone and Internet service was knocked out when radio towers on top of a nearby mountain collapsed amid high winds and heavy rain.

North Adams Mayor Richard Alcombright says Sunday night that emergency service for police, fire and EMTs is up and running and that crews are working to restore service by sometime today.

The town's Department of Public Safety used the city police department's Facebook page to announce Sunday that interruptions in cell phone and Internet service were significant.

A police dispatcher said a portable tower and transmitters were being installed to provide crucial communications for the city of about 13,500 residents.

The North Adams Police Department is monitoring its Facebook page if anyone is unable to contact Public Safety by landline telephone or email.

Contact the North Adams Police Department at 413-664-4944 then press #1 for Dispatch, on their Facebook page or at NAPD911@gmail.com."

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