Severed cable takes out area AT&T service

first_imgBy Larry Altman STAFF WRITER A severed fiber-optic cable left thousands of AT&T customers in south Torrance and Lomita without telephone service and it could be several days before crews restore the lines, officials said Tuesday. The outage began about 11a.m. Monday when a construction crew cut a “significant fiber line” in the ground, AT&T spokesman Geoff Mordock said. “These guys are working tirelessly,” Mordock said. “It’s one of the top priorities.” Hospital spokeswoman Kelly Curtis said the medical building was not affected, but a hospital warehouse on Telo Avenue was without phone service. Wood Elementary School at 2250 W. 235th St. was the only Torrance Unified School District campus to lose service. District administrators kept in touch with the principal on his cellular telephone. Torrance resident Mario Oliveros, who lives in the 23900block of Arlington Avenue, said he called AT&T and was told he won’t have service until next Monday. He is without telephone and Internet service. He had to seek out a wireless Internet connection to conduct his online banking. Otherwise, he is making do. “It’s OK right now because we have cell phones,” Oliveros said. “It’s a small inconvenience. I’m just a bit upset because it will take a whole week.” Torrance police and firefighters, along with Lomita sheriff’s deputies, said they were handling business as usual because most people have access to cellular telephones for an emergency. On Friday, a construction crew severed a fiber-optic cable in El Segundo, interrupting hundreds of thousands of telephone calls and causing e-mail and Internet problems across the South Bay. Customers in Torrance, the beach cities and on the Palos Verdes Peninsula were affected for about eight hours. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Although some residents said they were told it could take until next Monday to restore the 2,000 lines, Mordock said the telephone company hopes it will only be a couple of days. “It’s a very complex situation,” Mordock said. “We have crews working around the clock. There is a team dedicated to restore service.” Mordock did not know the exact location where the damage occurred. The affected area primarily was about 11/4 mile south of Torrance Memorial Medical Center on Lomita Boulevard. Mordock said repairs were slowly restoring phone lines. last_img read more

"Severed cable takes out area AT&T service"