Riverton in full solar eclipse planning mode
Coverage of the August 2017 solar eclipse is brought to you by Shoshone Rose Casino and Hotel.
Last night, a large crowd of Riverton-area business owners and residents converged for the second Preclipse meeting to get a feel for how planning as going and get further ideas on how they themselves can prepare.
For the last several months a team of community leaders formed into different committees (public works, communication, hospitality, and police/medical) have been working to get Riverton ready for the thousands of visitors expected the weekend before August 21 when a complete solar eclipse rolls right over Fremont County.
City of Riverton Public Works Director Kyle Butterfield talked about traffic difficulties that will likely arise, sign pollution, trash, public transportation, and human waste needs that will be present.
There will be a number of communication tools (like County 10’s #wyoclipse page) and resources throughout the big event and leading up to it. There are a number of concerns regarding the reliability of cell and internet service during that weekend, given that the high amount of traffic the local systems will see. Multiple retailers are concerned about their ability to process payments should an internet connection fail.
Lists of events and messages about remaining campsites and motel rooms are being compiled, and the Wind River Visitor’s Council is providing information for people who are interested in turning their property into a temporary rental location.
Riverton Police Interim Chief Eric Murphy said every officer in the department will be working 4 12-hour shifts throughout the Eclipse weekend, doing what they do every day but on a busier scale. He added that there will also be a staffed command post complete with EMTs and nurses in an attempt to keep less serious medical issues out of SageWest Riverton Emergency Room.
There will be more workshops and planning meetings in the coming months to prepare for the big weekend. Follow our #wyoclipse page for the latest in eclipse planning, information and news.