Pasco braces for floods

- Schools in Pasco County closed early today due to the threat of bad weather posed by Tropical Storm Colin, and officials are bracing for flooding.

The county experienced severe floods last year after several days of heavy rain, and county officials seemed determined to be prepared for a possible repeat.  They asked motorists to stay off the road after 3 p.m., in fear that Colin's winds, combined with high tide, would send water into streets and low-lying areas.

Officials are posting a continuously updating list of road closures on the county Facebook page.

LINK: See the list

Meanwhile, students spent much of the day at home after school was canceled this morning.  The district's update cited "the most recent weather information" as the basis for the decision.

"It is likely that county government is shutting down around noon to get people off the road by 3," they explained, citing an unsourced concern about wind gusts as high as 70 mph.

Late this afternoon, officials said that Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources recreation centers would remain closed Tuesday.  Parks, boat ramps and beaches will reopen Tuesday, though, and all recreation activities and Pasco Parks League Play events will also resume.

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