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Helicopter Hovering Overhead? Eversource Checking Wires In Bethel, Newtown

Eversource is conducting helicopter inspections of its transmission lines in Fairfield County starting Thursday, March 23..
Eversource is conducting helicopter inspections of its transmission lines in Fairfield County starting Thursday, March 23.. Photo Credit: Eversource

FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. -- If you hear the sound of a whirlybird flying overhead in your Fairfield County town, it's probably not a bird but a helicopter.

Eversource will begin their aerial inspections Thursday of vegetation growing near its high-voltage electric lines in Connecticut.

Weather permitting, they will continue through next week, ending on March 31.

Flights will take place from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m., in the following towns: Bethel, Bridgeport, Brookfield, Danbury, Darien, Fairfield, Greenwich, Newtown, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Stamford, Weston, and Wilton.

The inspections involve the use of a helicopter flying low over Eversource’s transmission line corridors to check for any encroachment from trees or other vegetation.

The work is a "crucial and effective part of our commitment to reducing the frequency and duration of power outages,” said Steve Driscoll, vice president of operation services.

“Well over a million customers in Connecticut depend on us for their electric service."

Inspections will be done in other towns across the state in the next week as well.

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