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Emergency operations activated for eclipse duties

Emergency operations activated for eclipse duties

August 19th, 2017 in Local News

In preparation for a large number of visitors to Missouri and the potential for increased traffic and eclipse-related issues, the State Emergency Operations Center will be activated through Tuesday to monitor conditions and respond to possible requests for assistance, according to a news release.

"This will be a unique event, but we're utilizing the experience gained from other major events that bring in large numbers of people, increased traffic and that have the potential to tax local resources," Department of Public Safety Director Drew Juden said in the news release.

"Pre-planning and coordination with our state and local partners have been essential, and strong communication throughout the event period will continue."

Non-essential state offices in Cole County will be closed to free up parking for an expected influx of thousands of visitors to the Capitol complex and to reduce traffic congestion.