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PG&E helicopters to check power lines in Humboldt County

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EUREKA, Calif. - Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) will fly two helicopters along power lines in Humboldt County in order to survey the lines for improved electric reliability on October 6.

PG&E Officials said the lines to be surveyed run from Garberville to Shelter Cove up to Petroilia and then from Hoopa up to Orleans.

Between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., two different contracted Bell 407 utility helicopters will survey the lines out of the Arcata- Eureka Airport.

PG&E will also be extending the days it will fly its medium-lift helicopter within Eureka through Friday, October 6. Freshwater Road customers were notified of the helicopter landing zone through the contact information PG&E has on record and customers were also notified by in-person foot patrols. The helicopter has been flying several trips a day in the area of Freshwater and Butler Valley Roads, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

PG&E contract crews are replacing 90 wooden poles with light duty steel transmission towers from Eureka to Weaverville in order to improve electric reliability for customers in Humboldt and Trinity Counties.

There will be more landing zones and flights starting October 17 in Hyampom and then eastward to Weaverville as the remaining power poles are replaced.

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