At her desk in the Madras city offices, Lysa Vattimo hauls out a fat binder full of documents, maps and lists. This is Madras’ solar eclipse plan.
"And it has a little bit of everything in it," Vattimo said flipping through the pages. "From port-a-potties to the public safety plan, where fire engines will be staged, where police will be staged."'
The eclipse will only last about two hours, with just two minutes of complete darkness. But those two minutes amount to months of planning for communities in the 70-mile viewing belt, otherwise known as the path of totality.