Expected eclipse viewers prompt Washington County Commissioners to pass emergency declaration

Posted at 1:22 PM, Jun 22, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-26 10:44:19-04

The Washington County Commissioners have passed an Emergency Declaration in preparation for the influx of visitors anticipated at the August 21st eclipse.
The Commissioners passed the declaration Monday.

“In light of projections that tens of thousands of visitors will descend on Weiser and Washington County – and, out of an abundance of caution, Commissioners passed the resolution in order to make possible state assistance in case conditions become more than local agencies can handle with their own resources,” Washington County Disaster Services spokesman Steve Penner explained.

The resolution states in part that the, “ … solar eclipse may cause risk to public safety, financial damage, excess cost for labor, cleanup, and property damage in Washington County.”

“Local officials and department heads are most concerned about the increased number of vehicles overwhelming transportation corridors, a lack of proper sanitation facilities for the number of people expected, and a possible loss of communication abilities if networks are overwhelmed by users,” Penner said.

The declaration will be in effect until the end of August.