MINNEAPOLIS -- A helicopter is being used to repair 8-miles of high voltage transmission lines damaged by severe storms July 5 near Rogers.

The helicopter is helping workers be more efficient and protect the environment while rebuilding and repairing lines in an area surrounded by wetlands and farmland.

To repair the line damaged in July, crews are performing an interesting technique called ‘threading the needle’ to install a ‘lead line’ in which the transmission wire is attached and installed on the transmission towers

Work on the line is expected to last up to three months and the 345-kilovolt (kV) line is expected to be returned to service in November.

Xcel Energy