REDMOND, OR -- With exactly one month to go until the eclipse, Central Oregon cities are planning for every possibility. Redmond City Manager Keith Witcosky expects an equal number of visitors will come into town Thursday, Friday and Saturday prior to the eclipse. "We’ve heard numbers as high as potentially 50,000 people in Redmond that weekend, particularly if they can’t get to Madras because of traffic. So, we’re trying to be as prepared as possible."
Witcosky tells KBND News part of that preparedness effort involves making sure the police department is fully staffed, "We know there’s going to be major demands on public safety; as well as traffic management, so Public Works will be working with more people and extra hours during that time period. We’re going to have extra fuel just for our police cars and our Public Works trucks; bring in an extra thousand gallons out at the public works yard to make sure that we’ve got the ability to respond to things."
The Redmond Patriots will host an eclipse preparedness discussion next week. Panelists include county emergency managers, Redmond’s Mayor, Madras’ eclipse coordinator and a scientist. That free event begins at 6:30 Monday evening at Highland Baptist Church.
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