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HAYDEN, Idaho (AP) — The Kootenai Electric Cooperative will be using helicopters to help restore power in Northern Idaho.

The Coeur d'Alene Press reports (http://is.gd/zh6XFy ) the utility will use two helicopters to help clear snow off power lines. Company officials say this process, called "buzzing the lines," involves the helicopter flying a safe distance above the lines and creating a downward wind to blow snow off them.

Crews had restored power to more than 2,700 cooperative members across the region KEC service territory by Christmas but some members didn't have power during the holiday.

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Information from: Coeur d'Alene Press, http://www.cdapress.com

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