PASCO COUNTY, Florida - Pasco County emergency officials are asking residents to stay indoors while Tropical Storm Debby continues to dump rain on the Tampa Bay area. If you are in a flood area, officials have opened up the Fasano Hurricane Shelter.
On Sunday heavy rains flooded out streets, and turned roads into rivers. The Pasco County Sheriff's Office said they received numerous calls from drivers in areas West of US 19. Because of the flooding, a number of vehicles stalled out as drivers tried to pass.
The rain also flooded out a number of neighborhoods, and forced residents to evacuate. Others were working to keep water out of their homes.
In New Port Richey, off Moog Road, a tornado most likely tore through the area. Strong winds ripped off parts of roofs, toppled trees, and tore down fences.
Pasco Officials are expecting the flooding to get worse over the next few days.
If your home is in danger of flooding and you would like to evacuate, a shelter is open at the Fasano Hurricane Shelter at 11611 Denton Avenue, Hudson. If you do not have transportation and need transportation, staging areas have been established at two locations:
In Hudson: the shopping center at the northeast corner of U.S. 19 and S.R. 52.
In Holiday: Anclote Elementary at 3610 Madison Street.
If you are unable to evacuate independently and you need to get out, you can call the Resident Information Center at 727-847-8959 to request assistance.
Due to the widespread nature of the flooding, sand and sandbags are available at:
· West Pasco Government Center 7536 State Street, a half mile north of Little Road and Massachusetts
· 7918 Rhodes Road, Hudson, Fire Station #10,
· 2952 Seven Springs Road, New Port Richey, Fire Station #7
· 6907 Dairy Road, Zephryhills, Fire Station#1
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