Update: Blackhawk helicopter practice rescheduled

NATIONAL GUARD COURTESY PHOTO | A blackhawk helicopter performing a similar drill to the one that will be conducted here next week.

Update: 10:20 a.m.: The Blackhawk helicopters demonstration has been cancelled for today and rescheduled for next Wednesday morning at 10 a.m. Officials said the aircraft training has been rescheduled because of a low cloud ceiling due to weather conditions.

WARNING: North Fork residents who were alarmed back when Army Reserve tanks rolled down our local streets back in March, try not to get too excited next week when you spot Blackhawk helicopters over head.

The two New York Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters plan to conduct water bucket training over Sarnoff Preserve Lake in Riverhead, according to a DEC press release.

The helicopters, based out of the Army Aviation Support Facility at Long Island MacArthur Airport in Ronkonkoma, will practice scooping water out of the lake in Bambi Buckets slung under the helicopters and then dumping the buckets back into the water. The training is part of an annual requirement to prepare to fight fires, the DEC said.

The collapsible Bambi Buckets can dump 660 of gallons of water on a fire at a time, the DEC said.

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