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Salem city officials launch new website ahead of eclipse

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SALEM, OR (KPTV) -

Salem will be a prime viewing spot when the much-anticipated solar eclipse happens in just over a month, and the city just launched a website to help residents navigate the big event.

City officials launched the website, SalemAreaEclipse.info, on Wednesday, and it offers extensive information about parking rules during the eclipse, camping regulations, advice from emergency workers and navigating heavy traffic.

City and county leaders worked hard on the website to give locals and visitors helpful information while also dispelling some rumors.

The eclipse will begin at 9:05 a.m. on August 21, with totality happening for almost two minutes.

Salem officials are expecting close to 500,000 visitors in the city and surrounding areas to pour in for the historic event.

The website offers some interesting facts, like that birds will likely stop chirping when the sky goes black. Salem Communications and Community Engagement Manager Kenny Larson said officials also hope to address rumors about the world coming to an end and other false predictions.

“Some people think the sewers are going to overflow with all the extra people here. That’s not going to happen,” he said. “People are concerned the power’s going to go out. That is not going to happen. They might experience some congestion with cell towers, but it’s the same congestion you’d experience with any other crowd you’re in.”

Salem city officials are using a slogan to help people avoid traffic nightmares and other problems while dealing with the huge crowds during the highly-anticipated event.

“Come early, stay late and leave no trace behind.”

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