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Indiana officials prepare as ice storm could cut communications network

Gary Vandegriff Gary Vandegriff
Satellite telephone Satellite telephone

SEYMOUR, IN (WAVE) - As the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) prepares roads for ice, it also prepares its communications.

Director of Highway Maintanance for the Seymour District, Gary Vandegriff, uses a two-way radio to talk to a unit in the field.

"We're seeing a lot of ice on the trees, so I don't know where it's going to get slick at so we're going to keep an eye on it," said a man on the other end of the radio driving northeast of Seymour.

If the ice gets too bad, roughly one inch, Vandegriff says it could damage cell phone and radio towers. So they have a backup plan just in case - a satellite phone.

"We have them in all the districts in key places where if we have to talk to each other we could," said Vandegriff.

The satellite phone is new and if Vandegriff uses it, it will be the first time, but he says it has been tested.

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