Oregon Town Preparing for Influx of Guests During Solar Eclipse

June 27, 2017 09:24 AM

The continental United States will see a total solar eclipse on Aug. 21. Small towns across the lower 48 states are preparing for the event, including Madras, Ore., which will be the first place in the U.S. to see the solar eclipse.

Experts say the high desert location means nearly no chance of clouds and a flat landscape will make it easy to watch as the moon casts a shadow on the Earth for more than two minutes.

With more than 100,000 people expected in and around a town with a population of 6,500 people, logistics will be daunting.

“What we’ve asked our residents to do is get prepared,” said Lysa Vattimo, an eclipse planner. “About a week out, fuel up on propane, gas, whatever fuels they need, get their prescriptions. Do what you need to do and then stay home.

Vattimo is involved in everything from bringing in cell towers to shuttle buses for rural roads to making sure businesses have enough cash on hand.

See how other businesses in Madras are preparing for the influx of guests on AgDay above.

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