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Of all of the long string of films made by the Bell System about emergencies and disasters, this is probably the smallest-scale calamity to be documented. These other films include "Flood Waters" and "Miracle on 2nd Avenue", though there are more.

In 1978, a fire in the local phone central office knocked out every single phone line within an entire community in Mebane, North Carolina - 3900 phones. Through folksy interviews with townspeople, the feeling of losing phone service is documented alongside the specifics of the restoration effort.

Footage Courtesy of AT&T Archives and History Center, Warren, NJ

Release date: 07/13/2012