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SOUTH CENTRAL BELL ISSUES DAMAGE ASSESSMENT FOR MISSISSIPPI

 SOUTH CENTRAL BELL ISSUES DAMAGE ASSESSMENT FOR MISSISSIPPI
 JACKSON, Miss., Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The effects of Hurricane Andrew -- downgraded to tropical storm yesterday and tropical depression today -- were felt by South Central Bell's Mississippi operations as the storm crossed over from Louisiana into the state yesterday afternoon.
 As of 9:45 this morning, SCB in Mississippi had 25 central (switching) offices and 135 remote stations on emergency power. Most of these were in the Natchez area, which took the brunt of the storm.
 Damage in Natchez was still being reported this morning, and it was difficult to assess some damage because of downed power lines, which must be cleared before South Central Bell crews can enter the area.
 In addition, the Hattiesburg/Laurel area reported a 900-pair cable broken by a downed tree. That cable was expected to be repaired by late afternoon, and technicians were busy responding to these and other scattered troubles throughout the state, some caused by tornadoes and thunderstorms spawned by Andrew.
 "Nothing receives a higher priority than restoring service to our customers," said J. Kelly Allgood, SCB Mississippi president. "As soon as our people could get into storm-affected areas, they were there assessing damage and beginning the restoration process.
 "But in a crisis like this, much depends on advance preparation, and we were ready for Andrew," Allgood said. Emergency generators were moved into Natchez in anticipation of power outages from the storm. South Central Bell also stockpiled supplies of cable, wire, poles and other related outside equipment so they would be immediately available to repair crews.
 Allgood also credited the reliability of the telephone network in reducing outages during the storm.
 He requested that customers in the storm-affected areas restrict their calling to essential calls today, since overloaded circuits could cause delays in using the network.
 Damage assessment will continue, and reports will be issued as more information becomes available.
 -0- 8/27/92
 /CONTACT: Greg Heydel of South Central Bell, 601-961-0966/ CO: South Central Bell ST: Mississippi IN: TLS SU:


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