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Mail carriers unable to get into flooded areas

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Some area residents are still experiencing problems with their mail due to the heavy rains and flooding from last week.

"I had to take detours because of the water," said Rockie Cox, a mail carrier for Clay, Sullivan and Greene counties. His normal mail route was expanded by as much as 20 miles while trying to find the safest delivery route. "But I was able to get mail to people's mailboxes each day."

The only non-deliveries for the Jasonville post office were on Saturday when problems with the Brunswick Bridge Levee caused more flooding when water broke through due to erosion.

"The area around Rural Route 1 is still flooded in some places," Jasonville Postmaster Joy Brown said, explaining that the mail will be delivered as soon as possible.

"We'll keep trying 'til we get the mail to them," Poland Postmaster Donna Wells said, explaining that being on the east side of Eel River made it easier for the small post office to service their customers. "On the other side, in the hardest hit areas, the water is going down and our drivers will attempt to deliver mail as long as it is safe to do so."

In the Towpath Road, S.R. 246 and C.R. 500 S areas of rural Clay City, mail carriers had difficulty reaching mailboxes in as much as two feet of water in some places.

"Carriers unable to deliver mail returned it back to the post office for patrons to pick up at their convienence," Clay City Postmaster Deanna Lucas said, explaining that patrons could still get their mail. "With water still over roads in some areas, we will hold mail until it is safe to deliver."

Mail carriers have made extraordinary efforts to deliver 90 to 95 percent of the mail in Clay County during the recent flood. But with substantial rainfall predicted to return this week, rural residents may find themselves waiting once again.

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