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Posted on: August 21, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Eclipse Update: (Aug. 21, 4:45 p.m.)

Bonneville County/City of Idaho Falls Unified Command

Eclipse Update (August 21, 2017, 4:45 p.m.)  The information released earlier today about the boating accident at Blacktail Reservoir is incorrect.  The confirmed information from Bonneville County Sheriff's Office is one confirmed fatality and two transported by ambulance to Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center. 

Eclipse Update (August 21, 2017, 3:45 p.m.)

There was a recent report of a boat accident at Blacktail Reservoir. The most recent update is that there were no injuries and all those involved are safe.

Sandy Downs and all other City of Idaho Falls parks are emptying quickly.  

There is still bumper-to-bumper traffic on I-15 from Idaho Falls south toward Pocatello and on Hwy 20 from Idaho Falls north to Rexburg. 

There have been a couple of minor vehicle accidents reported in Idaho Falls following the eclipse, but nothing major at this point. Traffic along Hwy 20/26 from Idaho Falls to Arco is moving well now. 

The approximate time to get from Roberts to Pocatello on I-15 was reported at three hours.    

“This response and our regional preparation for it has been very successful,” states Idaho Falls Fire Department Chief Hanneman.  “We appreciate all those involved for their time, efforts and expertise. All of our preparations have paid off.”

Idaho Falls Police Department Captain Royce Clements states, “We are really pleased to have this many people come to our community and see no real increase in our call volume. There was no substantial criminal activity in our city during the event.  Overall, our community was very prepared, very welcoming and extremely helpful. In fact, we even had a local family handing out bottles of water at the Sunnyside exit preparing travelers as they exited the city and headed south.”   


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