FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT) — Officials with Indiana Michigan Power announced Tuesday they will begin to trim trees around transmission power lines in parts of Northern Indiana using a helicopter saw.
The trimming will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 30, and will continue through the month of October.
Indiana Michigan Power
Weather permitting, trimming will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays - Saturdays near transmission power lines in the following counties: Allen, DeKalb, Noble, Kosciusko, Elkhart, Whitley, Huntington, Grant, Wabash and Wells.
The work is routine maintenance to remove overhanging branches that can interfere with service reliability and are potential safety hazards.
I&M says the project will be done by Aerial Solutions Inc.
They will perform the work using a helicopter-based tree-trimming saw.
The tree-trimming tool is suspended beneath a helicopter by a vertical boom that has multiple motor power saw blades attached.
The helicopter will fly at tree-top heights while working.
Officials say the aerial trimming is faster and will more easily reach areas away from roads than traditional tree-trimming crews using ground equipment.
The helicopter is white with blue and yellow trim with the tail number N53846.
Customers with questions can contact I&M at 800-311-4634.