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It will probably be this evening before all 1,500 Lackawanna customers of New York Telephone have their service restored, a company spokesman said Sunday night.

"We worked all day today and will continue to work through the night," said Pete Muller, regional director of public relations.

The Lackawanna residents lost their telephone service after a cable collapsed and fell into water at the bottom of a manhole at South Park and Dorrance avenues Friday night or early Saturday.

Water seeped through the cable coatings and eventually disrupted the service.

The repair required replacing the damaged cable with a 100-foot segment of new cable containing 1,800 pairs of wires. Muller said each pair has to be tested before that customer's service is restored.

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