The government has been shut down for 18 hours, and citizens are just starting to realize what that means.
All offices in the Lubbock federal building are closed, except for the courts and law enforcement, until an agreement is reached. Fortunately, essential local services are still available.
The Department for Veterans Affairs clinic in Lubbock says services for veterans are not affected by this potential lapse in appropriations.
The services that will remain fully operational include:
Educational services for LISD schools will continue.
Head Start is a government-funded program that was facing an uncertain future, but they were informed last week that even if the threat of a shutdown became reality, they would have a plan to continue providing services to their kids.
Della Frye is the Early Childhood Director and works closely with the Head Start program.
"Business would go on as usual here at the local level," Frye said.
"The regional office did let us know that they would be unavailable once it hit. But the nice thing is that we are able to access the federal funds that we needed. We are able to pay staff just like always so there has been no direct impact to our children and our staff at this point."
While unanswered questions in Washington continue to linger, as long as the shutdown is resolved in the next few months, most things on the South Plains will continue as normal.
"Where we are right now in our grant year allows us to go on for several weeks, several months without any disruption to services," Frye said.
Copyright 2013 KCBD. All rights reserved.