National Grid to conduct aerial inspections over next several weeks

Inspections will last several weeks

SOUTH HADLEY, Mass. (WWLP) – National Grid is scheduled to begin a weeks-long inspection of power lines throughout New England beginning Monday.

According to a National Grid news release, the electric company will use two helicopters to identify any potential problems that need to be addressed by line crews before they impact service for customers.

In addition to visual inspections of the power lines, National Grid will also be conducting infrared inspections to detect any excess heat coming from components that may indicate wear or fatigue.

South Hadley police warned residents in a Facebook post Monday morning that they may see low-flying helicopter activity in their area as a part of the inspections.

National Grid says flight schedules and routes can change based on weather conditions.