Orkney Islands Council is dealing with an incident that has created major IT problems at many of its facilities.
A fibre optic cable in Junction Road, Kirkwall, was damaged during work linked to the construction of the new hospital that was being carried out by a contractor.
As a result, a range of Council facilities, mostly outwith Kirkwall, are currently unable to access OIC’s computer networks.
Hayley Green, OIC’s Head of IT and Facilities, said: “This is a very serious incident for the Council and we have invoked the organisation’s major emergency plan.
“A range of contingency plans have been put in place and everyone involved is working hard to resolve matters.
“A survey of the damaged cable is taking place. Once that is completed, we’ll know how long it is likely to take for repairs to be carried out and for systems to return to normal.”
A meeting of OLECG, the Orkney Local Emergency Co-ordinating Group, was held this afternoon so that partner agencies could be updated on the situation.