Hundreds of residents in Lincolnshire, who've been without phone or internet access for a week, have been told it could be several more days before they're switched back on.
BT, who are replacing stolen underground cabling in the village of Eagle, say around 200 properties have reported faults since last Tuesday.
Businesses say the situation has been a nightmare, leaving them without email, and unable to contact customers.
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The road was closed and surrounding properties were evacuated.