Update, 12:40 a.m.: The Tampa Police Department's non-emergency line is now working. Residents can call 813-231-6130 for police assistance. The non-emergency number for the fire department is still unavailable. Residents are still being asked to use 911 to reach that agency.
Try to call the Tampa Police or Fire departments on the non-emergency lines and chances are you’re not going to get very far.
According to a media release, both agencies are having trouble with their phone systems. While Verizon is currently working on the problem, the lines “will be down indefinitely,” the release said.
Until the lines are repaired, residents are asked to use the 911 system “to contact either department for any type of situation."
Stay with Patch for updates as they become available.