Ritchie Co. 911 Number Available Again

By: Erin Pulsanti Email
By: Erin Pulsanti Email

UPDATE 4/17/2010 7:22 p.m.

In addition to the service to the Ritchie County 911 Center being restored, a Verizon spokesperson says cell phone service in the area has also been restored.
UPDATE 4/17/2010 6:46 p.m.

Due to some trees that were knocked down onto some phone lines Friday night, dialing 911 for emergencies in Ritchie County did not work Saturday morning and afternoon but service to the 911 center was restored by Saturday evening.

A Verizon spokesman said trees fell on fiberoptic lines in Dallison, Wood County Friday night.

This has not caused problems for the Wood County 911 Center but it did cause technical problems for the Ritchie County 911 Center.

Emergency calls to 911 in Ritchie County were not working Saturday morning but service was restored around 5 p.m.

Earlier emergency calls were directed to other landlines but now dialing 9-1-1 is working again.

According to dispatchers, long distance phone service has been restored too but some Verizon cell phone service continues to be out.

A Verizon spokesperson said they have been working on the problem and folks in Ritchie County can call and be called from outside of their local calling area.


The Ritchie County 911 call center is experiencing technical difficulties and is unable to answer 911 calls. Below is a list of numbers city residents should call in case of an emergency.

Harrisville, Cairo, Smithville, Ellenboro:




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  • by Bob Saget Location: Ritchie on Apr 19, 2010 at 02:36 AM
    Derek what the heck are you talking about. What does that have to do with Ritchie's phones bein out. The state of art is just the technology in it. Not the connections to it. Its like electric. You can have a state of the art facility but if the wires to it gets damaged how will it work?
  • by Centrist Location: the hills on Apr 18, 2010 at 06:02 PM
    "Armstrong" and "state of the art" are not necessary synonymous.
  • by Derek Location: Waterford, OH on Apr 18, 2010 at 08:58 AM
    One of lifes little given suprises, No one said life was going to be easy, When life gives you a road block, Some of you turn around, Others go and find a way around it....Now I lost my dad and mom in a car accident not but a year ago, and now me and my 14 other brothers are living together with are grandparents.
  • by Ritchie Resident Location: Ellenboro on Apr 17, 2010 at 01:56 PM
    Its not just the 911 All of Ritchie countys communication system is not working properly. Phones, Internet, and cell phones. Our internet through Armstrong just came back on. But still no cell service and can only call 869 and 643 exchange if you live in Ellenboro.
  • by wondering2 on Apr 17, 2010 at 12:40 PM
    Well, I guess here is proof that even the most state o f the art facilities can experience hiccups.
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