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    Emergency phone lines down in Allegany County on Thursday afternoon

    By Dillon Mullan, Baltimore Sun,

    Allegany County -- including Cumberland (pictured) -- was created off a portion of Washington County in 1789. In the Lenape Indian language, it translates to "beautiful stream." Baltimore Sun/TNS

    Emergency phone lines went down in Allegany County on Thursday afternoon.

    The Maryland Department of Emergency Management said around 2:30 p.m. that both 911 and administrative phone lines to the 911 center in Western Maryland were lost.

    The 911 center can still be reached by calling 301-697-6506, the department said.

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