August 21, 2017

eclipseODOT/CC Sheriff/Mt. Hood Forest Eclipse Preparation:
The Solar Eclipse happening on August 21, 2017 is expected to create unprecedented traffic congestion on US Hwy 26. Kimberly Dinwiddie, ODOT, and Clackamas County Sheriff Sgt.
Brummett were on hand to discuss and report on emergency management plans that have been formulated to deal with the Solar Eclipse traffic and the numerous other repercussions it could have on our area leading up to and after the August 21 event. We are planning for the worst and hoping for the best. This could be one of the largest events in Oregon history. Sgt. Brummett spoke on the effect this large influx of people could have on our area. Dinwiddie said ODOT’s main goal was to keep people safe. Forest fire danger at this time of year is a huge
concern. Sgt. Brummett cautioned people to be prepared and increase awareness in our area. Stock up on groceries and supplies because supply trucks may have difficulty in traffic. Fill up your gas tanks because there may be lengthy waits in traffic. Best advise is if you don’t have to go anywhere, stay home. Graeper pointed out that the positive side of this coin is that
businesses could take advantage of this influx of potential customers. It’s a great time to make a good impression on tourists traveling to our area.