Eversource started aerial inspections across western Massachusetts

The flights will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Eversource is conducting aerial inspections throughout western Massachusetts of the vegetation growing near high-voltage electric lines.

According to Eversource Spokeswoman Priscilla Ress, a helicopter will be flying low over transmission line corridors to make sure trees or any vegetation isn’t encroaching.

“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,” said President of Regional Electric Operations at Eversource, Craig Hallstrom. “Well over a million customers in Massachusetts depend on us for their electric service and that’s why we’re always working proactively to keep the system operating safely and reliably.”

The aerial inspections started on Wednesday and scheduled to end on April 7th, weather permitting. Ress said the flights will take place from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

The following cities and towns will be effected:

Hampden County

  • Agawam
  • Chicopee
  • Hampden
  • East Longmeadow
  • Longmeadow
  • Ludlow
  • Springfield
  • West Springfield
  • Wilbraham

Hampshire County

  • Amherst
  • Belchertown
  • Granby
  • Pelham
  • Plainfield
  • South Hadley

Franklin County

  • Ashfield
  • Conway
  • Deerfield
  • Erving
  • Greenfield
  • Leverett
  • Montague
  • Northfield
  • Shelburne
  • Shutesbury
  • Warwick

Berkshire County

  • Dalton
  • Hancock
  • Hinsdale
  • Lanesborough
  • Peru
  • Pittsfield
  • Windsor