USPS Is Suspending Services in These States, Effective Immediately
Certain post offices have been shut down due to safety concerns.
The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) certainly has its hands full when it comes to delivering your mail. After all, the agency is legally required to get all of your letters and packages to you, regardless of where you live. That being said, sometimes the USPS runs into issues, forcing it to suspend services—and the latest interruptions affect a few different states. Read on to find out more about the most recent USPS closures and suspensions.
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Portions of Florida and Virginia are currently experiencing service interruptions.
The USPS regularly updates its Service Alerts page, letting people across the country "about whether mail is being delivered to your neighborhood or if your local Post Office is open," the USPS explains on its website.
On April 17, residents in Florida and Virginia were alerted to possible service disruptions.
Those in Florida were advised that the Trilby Post Office has temporarily suspended services. According to the alert, all operations, including P.O. box services, were moved to the nearby Lacoochee Post Office.
The following day, residents in Occoquan, Virginia, were informed that portions of the local post office are closed. P.O. box services and package deliveries remain open, but customers can visit the nearby Prince William Post Office or the Lorton Post Office for retail services.
The post office in Virginia was damaged last week.
In the service alert, the USPS noted that the Occoquan Post Office is partially closed "due to safety issues," but in a statement provided to Best Life, the Postal Service explained that the post office recently experienced structural damage.
"A vehicle struck the Occoquan Post Office on Friday after normal business hours," the statement reads. "The Post Office was damaged, which has caused temporary closure of the retail counter. P.O. Box customers can still pick up mail and packages. Customers can also mail prepaid packages and stamped mail. However, retail services requiring a transaction, such as purchasing stamps, are not available at the Occoquan Post Office at this time."
The USPS added, "We forward to reopening the retail counter when the property owner makes repairs. We thank customers for their understanding."
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Safety issues were cited at the Florida post office, too.
According to a local news release from April 17, services at the Trilby Post Office are also suspended "due to safety concerns."
"We apologize for this inconvenience to our customers and hope to have the office fully functional again as soon as possible," the release reads.
The Postal Service didn't provide details on the safety issues at the Florida post office. Best Life reached out to the USPS for more information and a potential reopening date, and will update the story upon hearing back.
Missouri will also see some interruptions.
Also on April 17, the USPS notified residents in Missouri about a few mail service disruptions. In a press release, the Postal Service confirmed that retail operations for the post office in Braggadocio, Missouri, had been temporarily moved to the post office in Steele, which is located about 10 minutes south.
The USPS also provided some advance notice about disruptions at two post offices in Kansas City, Missouri. The main office and main retail office on W. Pershing Road "will be inaccessible to the public" from April 22 through May 1, the agency said. Between those dates, customers can pick up packages and P.O. box mail at the James Crews Post Office.
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Disruptions in Kansas City may be tied to a larger event.
The two Kansas City post offices will be temporarily inaccessible "due to surrounding area closures" ahead of the 2023 National Football League (NFL) Draft, a spokesperson for the USPS told Best Life. Both the retail office and the main office are located at Union Station in downtown Kansas City, where the draft is being held from Thursday, April 27, through Saturday, April 29.
Over the past several weeks, surrounding roads (including sections of Pershing Road), stores, and restaurants have been shut down while stage construction is underway.
The spokesperson further confirmed that the Braggadocio Post Office was temporarily closed due to recent storms. There is currently no set reopening date, they added.
"The Postal Service apologizes for any inconvenience and appreciates your patients as we assess possible concerns," the local news release about Braggadocio reads.
- Source: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/residential/
- Source: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/residential/florida.htm
- Source: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/residential/virginia.htm
- Source: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/local-releases/fl/2023/0417-trilby-po-temporarily-suspends-retail-operations.htm
- Source: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/local-releases/mo/2023/0417-braggadocio-po-retail-operations-temporarily-moved.htm
- Source: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/residential/missouri.htm