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Eversource helicopters to conduct aerial inspections throughout CT

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Connecticut residents may notice a helicopter in the skies above this week due to Eversource inspections.

Crews from Eversource will be conducting aerial inspections all week because vegetation is growing near high-voltage electric lines throughout the state.

Eversource officials said semi-annually these inspections need to be done to provide “reliable electric service.”

The work requires “a helicopter flying low over Eversource’s transmission line corridors to check for any encroachment from trees or other vegetation.”  One of the helicopters is blue and silver with a tail number N1431W while the other is blue and white helicopter with a tail number N411DD.

“The helicopter inspections of our transmission lines are a crucial and effective part of our commitment to reducing the frequency and duration of power outages,” Eversource Vice President of Operation Services Steve Driscoll said in a released on Wednesday.

Aerial inspections began on Wednesday and will end on April 8. The inspections will occur between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“Well over a million customers in Connecticut depend on us for their electric service and that’s why we’re always working proactively to keep the system operating safely and reliably,” Driscoll said.

People in the following towns are likely to see the helicopters:

  • Andover, Beacon Falls, Berlin, Bethany, Bethel, Bethlehem, Bloomfield, Bozrah, Branford, Bristol, Brookfield, Brooklyn, Canton, Chaplin, Cheshire, Chester, Columbia, Coventry, Danbury, Darien, Deep River, Durham, East Granby, East Haddam, East Hartford, East Haven, East Lyme, East Windsor, Ellington, Essex, Farmington, Franklin, Glastonbury, Granby, Greenwich, Guilford, Haddam, Hamden, Hampton, Hartford, Harwinton, Hebron, Killingly, Lebanon, Ledyard, Litchfield, Lyme, Manchester, Mansfield, Meriden, Middlebury, Middlefield, Middletown, Milford, Monroe, Montville, Naugatuck, New Hartford, New Milford, Newington, Newtown, North Branford, North Stonington, Norwalk, Old Saybrook, Orange, Oxford, Plymouth, Pomfret, Portland, Putnam, Redding, Ridgefield, Rocky Hill, Roxbury, Salisbury, Shelton, Simsbury, Somers, South Windsor, Southington, Stamford, Suffield, Thomaston, Thompson, Wallingford, Washington, Waterbury, Waterford, Watertown, Westport, Wethersfield, Wilton, Windham, Windsor, Wolcott, Woodbridge, Woodbury, Darien, Greenwich, Norwalk, Stamford, and Westport. 

Eversource officials said the region’s transmission system “is the backbone of the electric grid.”

“Overhead inspections of transmission lines and equipment – often located upwards of 100 feet in the air – help arborists detect potential problems in advance, allowing the company to schedule necessary maintenance before reliability issues arise,” Eversource officials said in a released on Wednesday.

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