At around 2:55 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 2, the county knuckle boom truck hit one of the main fiber optic cables providing Mediacom internet, telephone and cable TV service to most of the county. There were service outages all the way from 15th Street in Apalachicola to Alligator Point. Duke Power had wires running along the same street but said its power lines were undamaged.
Avenue C between Fifth and Sixth Streets was blocked for several hours, and the knuckle truck was forced to remain there supporting the wires until a bucket truck and repair crew from Mediacom arrived to rehang them.
A Mediacom spokesperson said that there were still outages on Sixth and 12th Streets in Apalachicola and in areas of St. George Island and Eastpoint as late as noon on Friday, Jan. 3. She said it was unclear whether those outages were related to the downed cable.
Solid Waste Director Fonda Davis said the cable was damaged by a driver collecting yard debris in Apalachicola’s historic district. - By LOIS SWOBODA