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