911 service fails across Washington after CenturyLink problem
A network malfunction at CenturyLink took out 911 service across Washington and in other states nationwide on Thursday night.
By early Friday morning, some counties were reporting that service had been restored. But King County said service was still out, and other emergency agencies warned that sporadic 911 outages could occur. They provided alternate numbers to call if you can't get through to 911 in an emergency (list below).
CenturyLink said on Thursday night that a network problem was responsible and first estimated that service would be restored in four hours. Six hours later, CenturyLink said more problems had been discovered. It gave no indication when service would be fully restored.
King County said people could call the 10-digit number for local responders, and cell phone users could also text 911 in an emergency.
Here’s the list of alternate numbers for emergency responders:
206-583-2111 or 206-625-5011
Bellevue, Clyde Hill, Kirkland, Medina, Mercer Island, Normandy Park
Algona, Auburn, Black Diamond, Des Moines, Federal Way, Kent, Pacific, Renton, Tukwila
Beaux Arts Village, Burien, Carnation, Covington, Kenmore, King County International Airport, Maple Valley, Metro Transit Police, Muckleshoot Tribe, Newcastle, Sammamish, SeaTac, Shoreline, Skykomish, Sound Transit Police, Woodinville, Vashon Island
Issaquah, North Bend, Snoqualmie
King County Sheriff/Unincorporated King County
University of Washington Police
Bothell, Lake Forest Park
Sea-Tac Airport/Port of Seattle
Washington State Patrol