Updated at 8:22 a.m. Sept. 10
WESTFIELD, NJ — The town was unable to take calls at the Municipal Building for at least seven hours Monday, something that may have been prompted by a foraging rodent.
Telephone service at the municipal building including to the police station’s non-emergency lines remained out, police said at 10:16 a.m.
At 8 a.m. Tuesday, police announced the phone services had been restored.
Emergency lines and 911 services remained operational during the outage, police said in the morning Nixle message, which did not give a reason for the outage.
The telephone outage at the Westfield municipal building came shortly after PSE&G restored power following an “animal contact” that knocked out electricity to 58 customers in Westfield early Monday morning, Lauren D. Ugorji, a spokeswoman for the utility, said.
The local outage happened when a squirrel chewed through an overhead wire on South Chestnut Street, Ugorji said. It remained unclear if the phone outage was related to the power outage, but the possibility appeared likely.
“I can’t tell if it is related or not,” Ugorji said. “It is a utility pole, and there are other utilities on the pole.”
Calls to Verizon seeking details on the incident were not immediately returned.
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