Cellphone service briefly down in Richland County due to flooding

Cellphone service briefly down in Richland County due to flooding

Cellphone service was briefly down in Richland County after flooding washed out fiber lines, officials said.

Richland County was notified of Verizon cellphones having problems calling local landlines around 8:30 a.m.

County officials worked with Verizon and Genuine Telecom crews to fix the outage, officials said around 10:45 a.m.

The service was restored by 1:45 p.m., officials said.

Several county roads are closed in Richland County due to flash flooding, impacting the villages of Viola, Yuba, Rockbridge and Hub City, and the towns of Rockbridge, Henrietta, Bloom, Forest, and the city of Richland Center, officials said.

The Richland County Emergency Operations Center is open, and officials declared a countywide state of emergency, according to a release.

A shelter remains open at the Richland Center Community Center, and sandbagging operations are continuing in Rockbridge and Richland Center.