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BACK TO SCHOOL: Classes resume today at all Pasco County public schools.

OPEN AND SHUT: All county and city government offices are open, along with the courthouses in Dade City and Zephyrhills. All county libraries are open except Hudson Regional Library and the county's Library Support Services office.

The following county parks are closed due to storm damage:

Withlacoochee River Park in Dade City.

San Antonio Athletic Complex in San Antonio.

Stanley Park in Lacoochee.

Odessa Neighborhood Park in Odessa.

Grove Park in New Port Richey.

Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park in New Port Richey.

Anclote River Park in Holiday.

Anclote Gulf Park in Holiday.

Key Vista Park in Holiday.

Robert J. Strickland Memorial Park (Hudson Beach) in Hudson.

Robert K. Rees Memorial Park in New Port Richey.

Moon Lake Park in New Port Richey.

NEED WATER, FOOD, ICE? Bank of America will distribute free ice and water at 8:30 a.m. today at the Bank of America Banking Center, 6014 U.S. 19 in New Port Richey. The multi-story pink building is on the east side of the highway, south of Main Street. Supplies will be available in the rear parking lot on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Salvation Army Canteen will be serving hot meals from 4 to 5 p.m. today at the Center of Hope, 8040 Washington St. in New Port Richey.

Other emergency supplies are on the way. Stay tuned to TV or radio, or call the county information center at (727) 847-8959 or (352) 521-5137 for details about when and where the goods will be distributed.

NEED A SHOWER? Showers are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

Veteran's Memorial Park at 14333 Hicks Road in Hudson.

Land O'Lakes Recreation Center at 3032 Collier Parkway in Land O'Lakes.

NEED A PLACE TO STAY? The American Red Cross has one shelter open:

First Presbyterian Church at 7540 Ridge Road in Port Richey.

Call toll-free 1-866-438-4636 for information.

NEED OTHER HELP? Call the United Way of Pasco helpline at (727) 845-4357 in west Pasco or toll-free 1-877-828-8929 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

WANT TO HELP? Volunteers are needed to clean up debris for homeowners who can't do it themselves. Call the county's volunteer line at (727) 847-8955 to lend a hand.

GOT DEBRIS? County crews will collect trees and brush that is cut into 4-foot sections and stacked alongside _ but not in _ the roadway. There is no need to call for pickup; but please be patient, as it will take weeks for crews to cover the entire county.

Residents also may haul their yard debris to the county's landfills from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The county is waiving tipping fees for storm-related debris through Sunday. The landfills are:

East Pasco landfill off Auton Road, east of Dade City.

West Pasco landfill on Hays Road, next to the Resource Recovery Facility in Shady Hills.

Crews also will provide a one-time pickup of flood-damaged items, such as soaked carpet and ruined furniture. Once residents clear all of those items out of their homes, call (727) 847-8110 to arrange pickup.

GOT DAMAGE? Call the county's citizen services hotline at (727) 847-8110 or 800-368-2411 to report flooding or other damage. Residents seeking federal assistance may call the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) at 1-800-621-3362.

SAND AND SANDBAGS: Are available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at the following locations:

Pasco County Fire Station No. 10, 7912 Rhodes Road in Hudson.

Veteran's Memorial Park at 14333 Hicks Road in Hudson.

Pasco County Public Works Building at 7536 State St. (at West Pasco Government Center) in New Port Richey.

Pasco County Fire Station No. 17, 4251 Seven Springs Blvd. in Holiday.

Land O'Lakes Recreation Center at 3032 Collier Parkway in Land O'Lakes.

Pasco County Fire Station No. 16 at 34335 Chancey Road in Zephyrhills.

Zephyrhills Fire Department at 38410 Sixth Ave. in Zephyrhills.

Pasco County Fire Station No. 24 (old Dade City station) at 14317 Fourth St. in Dade City.

CUE THE KETTLE: Residents who lost power and water pressure during the storm should bring their water to a rolling boil for at least a minute before using it for drinking or cooking. A boil water notice has been issued for the following communities: Hillcrest; Trilby; Lacoochee; Forest Hills; Shady Oaks; Lake Jovita; Pine Breeze; Pasadena Shores; San Antonio; Dixie Groves, Colonial Manor and Virginia City in New Port Richey; customers on Anclote Utilities and Westwood Utilities in Holiday; Sunburst RV Park in Hudson; Encore Tampa North RV Park in Lutz.

CHECK THE WATER: The health department urges flooded residents to test their well water before using it. Test kits are available weekdays for $7 from the Pasco County Environmental Laboratory, 7530 Little Road in New Port Richey.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Is available by calling the county's Resident Information Center at (727) 847-8959 or (352) 521-5137. Or tune into government cable access (Channel 19 in west Pasco and Channel 2 in east Pasco) or visit the county's Web sites: or www.pascoemergency- Pasco County Office of Emergency Management.