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Cut cable stops business at 2 Victoria County offices

By Gheni_Platenburg
Oct. 13, 2010 at 5:13 a.m.

The Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3 and the Victoria County Election Administration offices lost access to the county's networking system and the Internet after crews cut a fiber-optic line while installing the county's new radio system on Wednesday.

The Justice of the Peace, Precinct 3, and Victoria County elections administrator offices were unable to conduct business Wednesday after construction crews cut an underground fiber-optic line while installing the county's new radio tower.

A drill bit broke through the cables around 8:30 a.m. while crews were digging a hole for the monopole's foundation.

The cut line disabled the offices from accessing the county's networking system and cut Internet access.

Both offices were unable to access records or process paperwork.

Additionally, Elections Administrator George Matthews said his office was unable to access voter registration data.

Justice of the Peace Robert B. Whitaker said his office was unable to accept any fine payments.

"Without our computer network, we are unable to process any court business or transactions," said Whitaker, whose office closed completely to the public because of its inability to conduct business. "If people ask questions about a case, we can't answer them."

Joyce Dean, director of administrative services for Victoria County, said the building's Suddenlink line, which is a backup line, was purposely cut because it was hanging overhead in the way of construction crews.

She said the offices are expected to regain full access to everything by some time Thursday.

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