New plan for storm damage

By Anna Norris

July 16, 2014 Updated Jul 16, 2014 at 5:44 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) NYSEG and Lockheed Martin are teaming up to test a new way of assessing electrical damage after a storm.

Lockheed Martin will use a low-flying helicopter to take videos of possible damage, in hopes of gathering more detailed information.

The companies said this method may be used to restore power more safely and efficiently after a storm.

“We are pleased to be working with Lockheed Martin on this application that could provide invaluable assistance to us in responding to storm emergencies,” said Mark S. Lynch, president and CEO of NYSEG and RG&E.

Lockheed Martin said this week or early next week, depending on weather, it will be testing the video along the NYSEG distribution circuits near Owego, north of Owego and Apalachin.

Lockheed Martin will also be testing near NYSEG’s training facility on Reynolds Road in Johnson City.