Severe storms caused considerable damage and outages across Long Island this week, leaving more than 28,000 residents without power. Torrential rain and strong winds caused many trees to fall, some of which landed on powerlines located in the rear properties of residential houses.
Working with ULC Robotics, PSEG Long Island deployed an unmanned aerial system (UAS), or drone, to get a comprehensive look at problem spots in Levittown, NY, a town considerably affected by the storm.
“A rapid response time is critical when there are customers are without power,” said Mike Passaretti, Aerial Services Program Manager at ULC Robotics. “Our team was able to mobilize quickly, and was on site in under two hours, prepared to provide PSEG Long Island with a comprehensive view of all damage caused by the storm.”
With eyes in the sky and data collected from the flight, PSEG Long Island was able to quickly identify issues and better allocate resources to respond to the outages, thereby reducing restoration times.
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