Telephones are still down in large parts of the Pewsey area
BT engineers were working again on Saturday morning (March 5) to restore phone connections in the Pewsey area. They were replacing sections of cable and pumping out a manhole.
Domestic and business phonelines have not been working for at least a week in parts of Oare, Pewsey and Wilcot. All phone connections in Huish went down last Wednesday.
Some people have been told it is because of flooding in cable channels, other have been told that someone accidentally cut through a cable. Of course, with the phone lines down, all internet connection has been lost as well.
Huish is a special case as they have no mobile signals in the hamlet - in a medical emergency they would have to get to the outskirts of Oare to find even an intermittent mobile signal. For an isolated hamlet like Huish internet shopping for groceries provides a welcome service - when they can get onto the internet.
One Huish resident told Marlborough News Online: "It's like going back to the 1930's. Since I pay for a business line, I hope I will get some recompense or not be charged for the service I'm not getting."
In Huish they have been told they will get their phone connections back on Tuesday - possibly.