Madras has a plan to provide gasoline for visiting vehicles to return back home.

SUSAN MATHENY/MADRAS PIONEER - Cars and motorhomes were lined up at the Safeway gas station on Thursday, Aug. 17.With an estimated 100,000 extra guests in Madras for the solar eclipse, will there be enough gasoline to get them all back home?

According to city of Madras event coordinator Lysa Vattimo, there is a plan in place for that. "Local residents did what we asked them to do and fueled up early, and I'm really proud of them," she said, noting that is why some stations were low on fuel Wednesday.

"Fuel trucks will be in here on Thursday (Aug. 17) to refill the stations, and our secondary plan is to maybe bring in more fuel trucks on Sunday if fuel supplies get low," Vattimo said. She said many visitors won't be leaving the area until Tuesday and Wednesday, which will help.

She said representatives from the local gas stations have been at planning meetings for the past year and a half, with the county, city, Oregon Department of Transportation and other agencies.

"We have seven gas stations here, and the city, county and agricultural industry have their own fuel supplies," Vattimo added.

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