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Here comes the eclipse

By Pat Caldwell, John Braese and Mitchell Willetts

The Enterprise

The upcoming eclipse promises to bring huge crowds to Oregon from all over, and state and local agencies are preparing for the worst.

At least one million people are expected to flock to the state, the Oregon Department of Transportation said, potentially straining state infrastructure and services.

"I think the whole state is going to see traffic like we've never seen before," said David House, department public information officer.

House can't predict the number of visitors Malheur County will see, but said that the county is a gateway to Oregon for travelers. Some of the worst traffic could occur right here.

"We know our roads were not made for this kind of traffic," House said. "We're asking people to be prepared to be stuck in traffic for a very, very long time."

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