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Pasco County Offices, Schools Closed


Published:   |   Updated: May 15, 2013 at 02:35 PM
NEW PORT RICHEY -

With Tropical Storm Fay veering east, Pasco County early this morning canceled voluntary evacuation by residents in flood-prone areas and suspended shelter operations.

Around 9:15 a.m. Tuesday the county e-mailed its final advisory on Fay.

Government offices and public schools, however, will be closed today and are scheduled to reopen Wednesday, according to the bulletin from county spokesman Eric Keaton.

All Elderly Nutrition Services dining sites are closed Tuesday as well. No meals will be delivered to homes today.

County buses are operating on the west side today, however.

Residents can get sandbags today. The three west side locations are Veterans Memorial Park, 14333 Hicks Road, Hudson; Pasco County Public Works buildings at the West Pasco Government Center, 7530 Little Road; and Pasco County Fire Station 17 at 2951 Seven Springs Blvd., Holiday.

Pasco County Emergency Operations Center fully activated at 5 a.m. Tuesday and will continue operations with reduced staffing. Monday night, county officials recommended voluntary evacuation in Level A zones for people who live in manufactured and mobile homes, along with residents in low-lying, flood prone areas.

By 7 a.m. Tuesday, however, Fay had shifted east and evacuations became unnecessary, officials said.
While the county no longer is in the Fay's path, any tropical system can bring gusty winds and heavy rain. The tropical storm is disorganized and hard to predict, officials caution.

The county's Resident Information Center telephone line, 727-847-8959, will stop handling Fay-related questions at noon, officials said.

Besides local TV stations and newspapers, residents can also get Pasco-specific storm information online at www.pascoemergencymanagement.com or by watching the Pasco Government TV Channel 622 on Bright House Networks and Channel 42 on Verizon.

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