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Gettysburg emergency groups prepare for extra summer tourists

Written by Megan Lello | Mar 29, 2013 4:12 AM
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(Gettysburg) -- The expected arrival of thousands tourists for the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg this summer could lead to traffic jams, and, as some are dubbing it, "Carmageddon." 

But Adams County's Director of Emergency Services John Eline says fire and police departments are working to make sure traffic won't prevent them from being able to respond to problems.

Eline says emergency personnel, Gettysburg College, and the National Park Service are among those working together to help prevent backlogging. "As we're keeping an eye on where there are traffic issues, we're going to be able to share that information with the emergency responders. Another thing that the fire department here is also planning to do is pre-position units in and around the Gettsyburg area so they're not all coming from one location that could potentially be isolated because of the traffic."

Eline says the borough may reach out to neighboring townships and counties for extra help patrolling areas and emergency equipment.

The Battle of Gettysburg was fought from July first through third in 1863, and was the Civil War's bloodiest conflict.

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