Companies scrambling to secure portable toilets for total eclipse

Cubanisimo Vineyards

The solar eclipse is just nine weeks away, and businesses are scrambling to make sure they have enough bathroom facilities for the hundreds of thousands of people expected to visit Oregon for the event.

Cubanisimo Vineyards is one among many other wineries or event spaces hosting a camping event for the eclipse.

"Overnight, the tasting room isn't going to be open, but yeah, they're gong to be camping," Terry Nelson, an event coordinator with Honey Bucket, told KATU News.

He said he's used to renting out portable toilets during the busy summer months, but he's never gotten so many calls from companies with open fields looking to turn their space into a temporary campground.

Belson said his office bought about 35 percent more portable toilets this year just to meet the demand for the eclipse.

"Right now, we're going to keep them until we go through, so we got probably 500 left over," Nelson said.

The state estimates hundreds of thousands of people will visit the Willamette Valley for the solar eclipse, likely leading to big traffic back-ups. This means Nelson's crews won't be able to make their normal 24-hour clean-ups.

"We're planning on not being able to really drive around that much we're telling people when you rent these you need to rent more because we're probably not going to be able to get to you to service them," Nelson said.

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