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Bell South damage from Katrina

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posted on Sep, 2 2005 @ 12:44 PM
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Adding insult to injury, Bell South Tower in NOLA is under fire from Looters
www.foxnews.com trying to enter the building. If the Bell Towers connection center is lost, phone, data and internet service will go down across the entire southern half of CONUS. And you think things are bad now, just think about how bad it will get if have of the country looses phone services today.


BellSouth - Friday, September 2, 2005 (10:00 am EST)
HURRICANE AND TROPICAL STORM ADVISORY

Straight from the Bellsouth Web Site...

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It is a Word document linked here:

www.interconnection.bellsout...rent..._report.doc


BellSouth has responded quickly to the impact of Hurricane/Tropical Depression Katrina. Employees are working around the clock to perform damage assessments and ensure network reliability to restore communications for customers affected by Hurricane Katrina.

BellSouth restoration status: Hurricane Katrina

This information is accurate only as of the date and time indicated below and is likely to change as power is restored, flood waters recede and other developments occur. Although we will use commercially reasonable efforts to provide updated information on a regular basis, this information will not be updated in real-time.


Today's Discussion Posted:September 02, 200510:00 a.m.

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina’s destruction in the Gulf States region, BellSouth remains focused on employee safety and damage assessments. Emergency Preparedness teams have been seeking positive confirmations on each employee’s safety and well-being. Information is being provided hourly to BellSouth Security who is working with the appropriate authorities to provide a safe working environment for all personnel.

Damage assessment teams are building the support infrastructure which will be required to support what is expected to be a lengthy recovery period. Senior management officials from Network Services flew into Baton Rouge to establish an Emergency Operations Center (EOC) which will oversee the restoration of the network in the New Orleans area. Corporate Real Estate Services (CRES) has damage assessment teams deployed in the Gulf Region.

BellSouth’s EmergencyControlCenter continues to direct restoration and assist in resource needs for the affected areas. Security issues, due to looting and rioting, are limiting our ability to deploy our teams in New Orleans. As these issues are resolved we will continue to evaluate our plant conditions and make assessments of damage in the New Orleans area.

Survey teams are deploying to the affected areas in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. Currently, 950 generators have been deployed to these states to restore service to DLC sites where commercial power has been lost. Specific Katrina restoration efforts will be reported as damage is assessed and restorations are made.

Additionally, BellSouth is deploying dedicated teams to restore service to the cellular network which has been severely damaged in the Gulf regions of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama.



As commercial power is restored, a higher percentage of our outage reports can be attributed to the physical damage of the network.

Currently, 1.6 million customers are still affected by this event, as reports continue to come in this number could grow. The following is a list of the potential affected customers impacted by Hurricane Katrina to date.

Florida: 627,287
Louisiana 1,000,000
Mississippi 1,000,000
Alabama 475,000
Tennessee 475,000


Updates will be provided as information is available.


Central Office and Digital Loop Carrier Status

The following table represents the current status of COs and DLC sites currently on back-up power or failed.

Failed Central Offices

STATE

CENTRAL OFFICE

STATE

CENTRAL OFFICE

MS

Lumberton

LA

Jesuit Bend

Pearlington

Venice

Pass Christian

Lafitte

Heidleberg

New OrleansLake

Diberville

Mid City

Broadmoor

Buras

Port Sulphur

Kenner Harahan

LakeCatherine

Metarie

Aroura

Lacombe

Luling Boutte


Chalmette

Turf Damage Assessment

The following tables represent the results of detailed assessments made in the impacted turfs.

TURF DAMAGE ASSESSMENT FROM SWEEP TEAM PERFORMANCE REPORTS

Area

# Surveys

# Poles Down

# Spans of Cable Down

# of Drops Down

FL - Broward

747

152

178

456

FL - Central

0

0

0

0

FL - NorthEast

0

0

0

0

FL - NorthWest

11

2

7

0

FL - Palm Indian River

0

0

0

0

FL - South

4,400

592

1,429

2,912

TOTAL

5,158

746

1,614

3,368

TURF DAMAGE ASSESSMENT FROM SWEEP TEAM PERFORMANCE REPORTS

Area

# Surveys

# Poles Down

# Spans of Cable Down

# of Drops Down

LA - North/Central

646

367

755

529

LA - South

129

0

0

0

TOTAL

775

367

755

529

TURF DAMAGE ASSESSMENT FROM SWEEP TEAM PERFORMANCE REPORTS

Area

# Surveys

# Poles Down

# Spans of Cable Down

# of Drops Down

AL - Gulf AL/MS

1,137

165

989

899

AL - North

701

110

296

438

TURF DAMAGE ASSESSMENT FROM SWEEP TEAM PERFORMANCE REPORTS

Area

# Surveys

# Poles Down

# Spans of Cable Down

# of Drops Down

MS - North

0

0

0

Current Appointment and Repair Intervals

All appointment intervals are subject to change depending upon the availability of commercial power, BellSouth’s access to the affected areas and the extent of physical damage encountered by BellSouth’s field teams.
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