All hands on deck for expected influx of eclipse viewers

Friday, August 11, 2017

LINCOLN — How big could Nebraska’s solar eclipse viewing party get?

Potentially on par with the crowds for a Husker football game, the College World Series and the annual Berkshire Hathaway meeting — combined.

Gov. Pete Ricketts said the Aug. 21 eclipse could be one of the biggest events in state history.

To deal with the influx of visitors — possibly almost a half-million — state officials plan to put extra state troopers on the road and increase staffing at state parks along the eclipse’s path.

“We want people to think about being patient,” Ricketts said. “Safety first.”

On Monday, the governor and numerous state agencies gathered at the State Capitol to announce their preparedness plans and share tips to ensure that the event goes smoothly.

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