BC Hydro using helicopter to remove old power line south of Vernon

High-flying Hydro job

BC Hydro brought in some high-flying help this week to get rid of old power lines and power poles in the North Okanagan.

A bright blue helicopter could be seen flying low over Highway 97 south of Vernon on Thursday as crews cut the old power lines before hauling them away.

To get to the power lines on the west side of the highway, the helicopter hovered just above the trees while crews rappelled to the ground – all within close sight of passing traffic near Crystal Waters.

While an interesting site to see, motorists are advised to slow down and pay attention to the road while the work continues.

The outside southbound lane has been closed for several kilometres, and the speed limit has been reduced through the work zone.

A BC Hydro spokesperson says the the lines and poles, which are no longer active, were considered to be a safety hazard and thus had to be removed.

The helicopter will stop flying at 2:45 p.m. during the project, which is expected to be completed by Monday.

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