Friday, January 11, 2013

Adams Electric to begin helicopter patrols to assess Sandy damage

Adams Electric will begin its 2013 aerial inspections Monday by patrolling critical overhead distribution lines and equipment, including lines in the areas hardest hit by Hurricane Sandy last fall, according to a news release from the company.

The patrols are scheduled to begin on Monday morning, Jan. 14, in the Shippensburg area and then proceed to the Gettysburg area and then to the York area.

The company said that this year, critical overhead lines that feed power to the co-op’s substations and metering points in Adams Electric’s Gettysburg, Shippensburg and York districts will be inspected. In addition, all overhead lines and equipment will be inspected in the co-op’s York District. Special attention will also be given to areas hit hard by Hurricane Sandy last fall. Those areas include sections above the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Lower Cumberland County and Upper Franklin County and the Fairfield/Carroll Valley area in Adams County.

The inspections are expected to last a week or 10 days. The extra patrols are scheduled to spot damage caused by Sandy that might go unnoticed to a ground inspection team, according to Marvin Snyder, manager of operations.

The cooperative has contracted with Pine Bottom Aviation of Martinsburg, Pa., to conduct the inspections. The inspections will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. each day, weather permitting. Adams Electric linemen and a pilot will fly for about six hours each day.

The co-op has conducted aerial inspections every year since 1996. The crew will try to avoid flying over congested areas and hovering over agricultural operations. As always, employees, contractors and the public are encouraged to keep an eye on the lines and equipment and report any problems immediately by calling toll-free 888-232-6732.

Adams Electric Cooperative provides electric service to nearly 32,000 active member-accounts in Adams, Cumberland, Franklin, Perry and York counties.


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