LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Residents and officials in sparsely populated Lincoln County are worried that a planned “Storm Area 51” event might get out of hand.
The idea for a public gathering near the base sprung up on Facebook two months ago and has since caught the attention of millions of people around the world.
Alien-themed businesses in Lincoln County say they would welcome an influx of visitors but a crowd of even a few thousand people would put a tremendous strain on public resources.
The Sheriff’s office has reportedly reached out to both the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department and the Nevada Highway Patrol for assistance.
County commissioners say they may have to issue an emergency declaration in order to raise funds to pay for public services including fire and ambulance service to accommodate a throng of tourists.
Lincoln County has only a few thousand full-time residents. The town of Rachel, which has less than 60 residents, has no gas station or food stores and only 10 hotel rooms, all of which are booked. read more