As we are sure you are aware by now, there is going to be a total solar eclipse occurring this coming Monday, 08-21-2017, with "totality" estimated to occur at approx. 1:12 p.m. locally. Best estimates are that between 300,000 and 1.3 million people will be traveling to Missouri to witness this event. Some are sure to be in Ashland to see it, and may begin arriving in the area over the weekend.
If you are the owner of privately owned property that you think people might park on, and you do NOT want people to do so, we are advising you that you take the necessary steps to block your property off from public access. We do not anticipate that we will be available to assist you with these types of issues on private property immediately before, during, or after this event. Though we will have additional staff on duty, we anticipate being busy with heavy traffic volume and calls related to it. If you require a police response, please be patient and expect a longer than usual response time. We WILL get there.
If you have to travel on Monday, anticipate much heavier than normal traffic on streets and highways. Particularly on major highways such as I-70 and US Hwy 63, but be aware of this concern on lesser used roadways also.
Remember to NOT look directly at the sun without using "eclipse glasses," and even with them do not look for very long. Doing so can cause damage to your eyes, including blindness. Though it's a historic event for many, it's certainly not worth that.
Please enjoy the moment, drive safely if you travel, remain patient and stay calm with others.