Idaho officials prep for eclipse communication issues

Posted at 11:42 AM, Jun 08, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-08 13:42:05-04

Officials are concerned cellphone communications could be obstructed when massive crowds of people flock to Idaho to witness the upcoming eclipse.

The Post Register reports the eclipse coming in August is expected to bring up to 500,000 people to the eastern Idaho area alone. Emergency managers have been working to develop plans to deal with outages, as well as the host of other situations that could arise with such a large influx of visitors.

In 2013, authorities experienced communication issues when somebody drowned in the Snake River during the Melaleuca Freedom Celebration, where about 50,000 people were gathered.

Emergency responders have radios that aren't tied to cell coverage, and they are even working to use ham radios as a backup.

(by Associated Press)