(File photo)

(File photo)

Castor and region experiences communications blackout on Dec. 2

A large portion of east-central Alberta was left without communications for several hours on Dec. 2.

The communications blackout was caused by a “third-party” construction crew working 48-kilometres east of Red Deer, near the intersection of Highway 11 and Range Road 230.

Work caused the fibre optic cable which provides telecommunications service to Stettler, Castor, Coronation, and Consort to be severed.

Due to the disruption, internet, television, and cell phone service for around 1,000 customers in the region was affected for several hours, beginning just before 5 p.m.

“Our crews immediately located the cut and brought in additional equipment to repair the damage,” said Liz Sauvé, communications manager for Telus Public Relations.

Crews worked through the night, restoring services to the affected communites around 3 a.m.

This is the second such occurence to affect east-central Alberta in recent months.

During the construction of the new curves outside the Village of Halkirk, a similiar incident occured, where construction crews severed a fibre optic cable resulting in another disruption of service lasting several hours.