Six-hour SaskTel disruption in northern Sask means no 911

Mental health supports are still in place during the COVID-19 pandemic. However, because of physical distancing measures, most has gone virtual. (Herald file photo)

A SaskTel service outage in several northern Saskatchewan communities will mean no 911 services for residents for about six hours.

On Monday morning SaskTel announced that from midnight until about 6 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 15, crews will be performing maintenance on the network infrastructure serving:

Brabant Lake, Besnard Lake, Black Lake, Cigar Lake, Collins Bay, David Lake Rapids, English Bay, Fond-du-Lac, Geikie River, Hall Lake, Island Falls, Key Lake, Lac La Ronge, La Ronge, McArthur River, McLennan Lake, Montreal Lake, McClean Lake, Molanosa, McPhee Lake, Missinipe, MacKay Lake, Pinehouse, Ramsay Bay, Sandy Bay, Stanley Mission, Stony Rapids, Sucker Lake, Sucker River, Thunder Hills, Timber Cove, Wadin Bay, Waskesiu Lake, Weyakwin, and Wollaston Lake.

During the outage, SaskTel internet, wireless and landline services will be unavailable.

The RCMP said in a late Monday press release the disruption means there will be no way to reach 911 in the entire area.

“Residents in need of police services will have to attend to their local detachment,” they said.

“The Detachments in the affected areas will be open until the phone services are re-established.”

Those detachments include: Montreal Lake, Waskesiu, Wollaston Lake, Southend, Pinehouse, Stanley Mission, Black Lake, Fond Du Lac, La Ronge and Sandy Bay