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Atchison Braces for Influx of Visitors for Total Solar Eclipse - But Just How Many?

Small communities in northeast Kansas are bracing for Monday's big event: the total solar eclipse. Atchison is one of the hot spots for watching the celestial event. KPR's J. Schafer spoke with Jacque Pregont (Jackie PRE-zhon), the president of the Atchison Chamber of Commerce, to find out what that town is expecting. 

That's Jacque Pregont, president of the Atchison Chamber of Commerce. She was speaking with KPR's J. Schafer about Monday's total solar eclipse.

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Atchison Braces for 35,000 for Total Solar Eclipse

Small communities in northeast Kansas are bracing for a massive influx of visitors for Monday's total solar eclipse. Atchison County officials expect as many as 35,000 visitors. 

That's Jacque Pregont (Jackie PRE-zhon), president of the Atchison Chamber of Commerce. She says area law enforcement officials -- as well as local hospitals and emergency responders -- have beefed up staffing levels to deal with heavy traffic and the throngs of additional people coming to the area. Schools in Atchison and other towns in the path of totality have cancelled classes Monday so school children can watch the eclipse.

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