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Lightning strike near Sheriff's Department forces use of backup radio systems

UPDATE: All radio equipment is back on line at the Sheriff's Department communications center, officials reported at 5:30 p.m. A lightning strike earlier this afternoon disabled the main radio transmitters for emergency medical and the sheriff’s radio system, officials said.

The department used back-up systems to provide radio coverage to the county. No 911 or emergency radio interruptions were reported.

Original story: The Sheriff's Department is reporting no 911 or emergency radio interruptions after lightning struck near a communications facility this afternoon.

The strike disabled the main radio transmitters for emergency medical and the sheriff's radio system, officials said. The department is using back-up systems to provide radio coverage to the county.

Technicians are working to restore the main transmitters. No damage estimate was available this afternoon.

"We have redundant systems in place to address communications failures and those systems went into operation immediately." said Undersheriff Steve Bolts. "The general public and our own first responders are being provided with all the information and communications capability they need to get the job done."

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