Dispatch center knocked out by lightning strike

Update: The administrative lines are now working again.

Bartholomew County’s Emergency Operations Center is still recovering after being struck by lightning yesterday afternoon.

Ed Reuter, director of the center says lightning hit the center at 3:36 p.m. yesterday, knocking out communications. 911 calls were temporarily routed to Johnson County during the outage while technicians came in to get the center back online.

Additional phone lines were added and dispatchers had to switch from phone headsets to radios to send out emergency workers, Reuter said. Dispatch functions were fully restored by about 7 a.m. this morning, Reuter said.