Sheriff: Johnson County 911 system restored after Tuesday outage

JOHNSON COUNTY, Ind. — Johnson County’s 911 system is running once again after being down for a few hours Tuesday morning.

Sheriff Doug Cox first notified the media about the outage just before 8 a.m. Just after 10 a.m., he said Johnson County 911 was back in service.

Emergency dispatchers were working out a mobile command center until the outage was resolved, and calls were routed to Bartholomew County. According to Johnson County Emergency Management, lightning hit a cell tower in Franklin at the Johnson County Highway Department headquarters.

The effects of the lightning strike damaged the T1 line, knocking out radio communications for about three hours before repairs were made.

The county is dealing with high water in several areas with multiple road closures and some water rescues.