Lyon County expecting 166,000 visitors for total solar eclipse

Have you started making plans to see the total solar eclipse next summer? A lot of businesses across the area are expected to make more money that week then they do all year, and your family may have an opportunity to rake-in a few extra bucks.

Geneva Duff owns a vacant home in Lyon County, Kentucky. She’s hoping to rent out her property to families coming to see the total solar eclipse on Aug. 21, 2017.

"The hotels are almost full, so I thought ‘Well, since we’ve got this house, we might as well use it,’" says Duff.

The county is expecting 166,000 visitors. Duff knows there won’t be enough room at local hotels. So, she thought she’d help out while making a few extra bucks.

If you’re planning on renting out your home or property, Lyon County Judge Executive Wade White says the first thing you want to do is make sure you have proper sanitation, such as garbage cans and bathrooms.

"If you’re going to order Porta-Potties, you better do it now," says White.

White says it’s important that you let the county know if visitors will be staying on your property.

"We want that information for one reason, and it’s because of emergency services," says White. "If the ambulance service is called out and they’re given a field, it’s going to be difficult for them to find. The quicker we can respond and get to that person, the better off you are as far as liability concerns."

White also suggests purchasing liability insurance, so you’re covered if someone were to get hurt on your property.

Duff says thousands of people are coming to the area whether we like it or not, and it’s always good to be prepared.

"It doesn’t last very long, so you’ve got to be here where you can see it and enjoy it," says Duff.

It’s a one day event that’s over in less than three minutes, but Duff says it’ll be worth it.

Several hotels are already booked for the big event, with room rates higher than normal. White says it’s not price gouging but supply and demand.

If you’re planning to rent out your home or property for the total solar eclipse, contact Lyon County Judge Executive Wade White at lyoncountyjudge@gmail.com.

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