In Rusk, the fire and police departments were caught off-guard Tuesday morning when lightning took out all their radio and phone systems.
Both agencies found themselves operating with only two, back-up emergency lines. All their main lines and scanners were dead.
They say lightning struck somewhere outside the building around 10 a.m. They believe a tower near the police department was the point of impact.
Other businesses in downtown Rusk, including city hall, were also affected.