Thursday, January 18, 2018
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In Debby's wake: damage, closures, warnings

In Debby's wake

BY THE NUMBERS

14,000-20,000: People in west Pasco evacuation zone

$4 million: Estimated storm damage to commercial properties in Pasco County

$1.5 million: Estimated storm damage to Pasco residential properties

106: Pasco homes damaged

Source: Pasco County Office of Emergency Management

SUMMER SCHOOL: Pasco schools have canceled summer programs and the PLACE program at 20 locations today due to the county-ordered evacuations. The schools that will be closed are: Richey Elementary, Cotee River Elementary, Deer Park Elementary, James Marlowe Elementary, Mittye P. Locke Elementary, Anclote Elementary, Seven Springs Elementary, Longleaf Elementary, Trinity Elementary, Trinity Oaks Elementary, Sunray Elementary, Gulf Trace Elementary, Gulfside Elementary, Gulf Middle, Gulf High, Anclote High, Paul R. Smith Middle, Seven Springs Middle, J.W. Mitchell High and Harry Schwettman Education Center. All other schools and worksites will be open. Parents of PLACE program students from the impacted schools may bring their children to the PLACE program at Schrader Elementary, Moon Lake Elementary, Northwest Elementary, Mary Giella Elementary, Hudson Elementary or Gulf Highlands Elementary.

SANDBAGS: Pasco County government continues to provide free sandbags to residents at the following locations:

• West Pasco Government Center, 7536 State St., New Port Richey.

• 7918 Rhodes Road, Hudson, Fire Station No. 10.

• 2952 Seven Springs Blvd., New Port Richey, Fire Station No. 17.

• Mitchell Field Park, 4711 Little Road, New Port Richey.

• 6907 Dairy Road, Zephyrhills, Fire Station No. 1

New Port Richey residents may also get sandbags at 6420 Pine Hill Road (please bring identification to provide proof of living in city limits).

CLOSURES: The James E. Grey Preserve and Grand Boulevard Park, both in New Port Richey, are closed due to flooding.

AVOID THE WATER: The Pasco County Health Department reminds residents that skin contact with floodwaters may not, by itself, pose a serious health risk, but health hazards are a concern when waters become contaminated. Floodwaters may contain fecal material, associated bacteria, viruses and other pollutants. Residents are advised not wade or swim in possibly contaminated waters. For health questions call (727) 861-5250.

GOT QUESTIONS? Call the county's resident information line at (727) 847-8959.

NEED HELP? To evacuate from a flooded area, or for other emergency assistance, call 911.

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