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2017 Great American Eclipse

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Solar eclipse over mountain

For about two minutes around 10:19 a.m. on August 21, the solar eclipse will be viewable from Bend.

The town of Madras north of Bend is receiving considerable publicity as the best place to see the full eclipse, as it’s in the path of totality and likely to have clear skies.

The whole Central Oregon region is expecting an influx of visitors for this phenomenon. Experts have estimated that our population will double, with most visitors arriving between August 17 and August 20, and most of them leaving on the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd of August.

Map of Oregon showing path of the eclipse passing over the state

WHAT DOES THAT MEAN FOR BEND?

This will likely affect our ease of travel around a congested road system, and requires us to rethink how we commute for a couple of days. It may require us to conserve water, pause our landscape irrigation to preserve water for firefighting and drinking. It may affect our cell service and limit our ability to communicate how we’re used to.

The tri-county region has been preparing for the event and trying to encourage the community to do the same.

ECLIPSE TIPS

Eclipse Begins about 9:06 a.m.
Totality of the Eclipse Occurs about 10:19 a.m.  Total Darkness for about 2.02 minutes
Eclipse Complete about 11:23 a.m.

Preparations

  • Stock up on groceries at least a week in advance
  • Pick up prescriptions and medical supplies early
  • Get doctor/dentist appointments completed by Tuesday, August 15th or sooner
  • Fill up gas takes and propane
  • Get cash (ATMs may run out of money)

During Peak Time (Wednesday, August 16th-Tuesday, August 22nd)

  • Leave early for destinations, traffic will be slow and congested
  • Stay late at events to avoid peak rush hours and traffic 
  • Don't drive impaired or distracted
  • Pull off the road and shoulder to view the eclipse
  • Conserve resources such as water, electricity and internet bandwidth 
  • If cell phones are busy, send a text - it has a better chance of getting through the saturated communication lines

ECLIPSE INFO & RESOURCES

Bend road closures or detours in the Weekly Road and Traffic Reports at bendoregon.gov/news

Outside resources to help you prepare and get up-to-date information during the event:


ECLIPSE QUESTIONS AND YOUR UTILITY DEPARTMENT

Expand/Contract Questions and Answers

  • Will there be enough water for residents and visitors?

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