Telephone and Internet service in Carlton County was disrupted shortly before noon today, and while residential service is still spotty, centralized emergency dispatch services were restored as of about 8 p.m., county officials said.

An underground line was accidentally severed by a contractor who was working on a sewer line iine in Proctor, according to Carrie Amman, a spokeswoman for CenturyLink.

"We are aware of the fiber cut in the area. We are working quickly to resolve this issue," a tweet from CenturyLink to the Cloquet Police Department said.

CenturyLink originally estimated a repair would be completed by about 7 p.m. Affected communities include Cloquet, Barnum and Moose Lake.

A county spokesman said 911 test calls from various locations were successful this evening.

Anyone who cannot get through to 911 should call the following numbers:

  • Carlton County - 218-384-3632
  • Law enforcement can be reached at 485-8404 in Moose Lake and 389-6262 in Barnum. People also may call 911 via cell phone, but 879- and 878- prefix land lines are not currently working.
  • Firefighters can be reached at 485-4242 in Moose Lake, 384-4158 in Carlton, 273-4662 in Kettle River, 644-3547 in Cromwell and 357-2332 in Wright.

    The Duluth News Tribune will provide updates as more information becomes available.