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"We're going to prevent parking in these areas where there's a lot of people and a lot of traffic," Captain Randy Lewis of the Rexburg Police Department told BYU-Idaho Radio.

August 17, 2017
Writer: Sydney Jensen

The Rexburg Police Department is putting up signs and restricting traffic ahead of the Great American Eclipse.

"We're going to prevent parking in these areas where there's a lot of people and a lot of traffic," Captain Randy Lewis of the Rexburg Police Department told BYU-Idaho Radio.

Lewis says between six and seven areas will be blocked off, but city officials have also said Walmart and the Salt Lake Express will be making their shuttles open to the public on Saturday, before the eclipse on Monday

A complete list of the roads where parking will not be permitted is available below:

 

There will be no parking in designated areas of the City from August 19th through the 23rd. We are asking the public to...

Posted by Rexburg Police Department on Monday, July 31, 2017

Police will also be occupied with top priority issues during the eclipse. Missing children, accidents and other incidents, which Chief Turman at the Rexburg Police Department has said are possible, but not necessarily probable, will supercede calls for non-life threatening injuries or lost animals. 

"We can't handle every call," Lewis said. "Lost animal, they're on their own. We can't spend time looking for them because we're going to be tasked with other options...Lost children, that's a whole different story."

Lewis said law enforcement will have five different stations set up around town to deal with immediate, emergency incidents. 

To listen to the full interview and learn how else the department is preparing, listen below.