Phones still out in Port Renfrew

Hurricane-force winds, rain and miserable flying conditions has left Port Renfrew without consistent phone service for close to two weeks.

Despite reports that the Port Renfrew phone system is up and running, Port Renfrew Chamber of Commerce president Rosie Bosworth says it is not.

Bosworth was not just a little annoyed, she was furious.

“We do not have service, it’s an intermittent situation that we have been dealing with since March 4. “That is the truth.”

She said Telus is trying to deal with the outage and has helicopters ready to go up to Mt. Demers to repair the equipment once the weather allows.

Some residents have phone and Internet access through a private company, South Island Cable, which switches to a satellite system when Telus goes down, but others have to rely on the mobile phone booth on the beach.

“It’s not fixed, it’s still down,” reiterated Bosworth.