Landline telephone users in the Floodwood, Meadowlands and Toivola exchanges are unable to dial out, including to 911, because of a fiber-optic line cut north of Alborn. The break also may affect some cell phone users.

Crews are on their way to repair the break, and service is expected to be restored about 6 p.m. today. In the meantime, people needing emergency assistance can go to the Floodwood Police Department, or the Floodwood, Toivola, Alborn or Meadowlands fire halls, all of which will be staffed during the outage.