LANDLINES for emergency services in Victoria's west have been restored, after fire damaged the Telstra Exchange in Warrnambool.Technicians worked overnight Friday to reconnect the landlines for local police, fire departments, ambulance, the Department of Human Services and over 100 businesses in the area by early Saturday.
Around 65 per cent of the region's 60,000 affected customers had their mobile phones up and running by Friday night, with residents in Camperdown and Tower Hill joining them on Saturday.
Telstra has configured the mobile network to prioritise voice calls over data while work on repairing landlines continues.
A team of 40 technicians is on site carrying out the repairs with more technicians expected to arrive in Warrnambool on Saturday afternoon.
But Telstra said it would still be a number of days before all landlines and home internet connections would be re-established.
Fire hit the Telstra Exchange early on Thursday morning.