USPS Just Suspended Services Here "Until Further Notice"
More than 200 facilities are affected by this necessary postal suspension.
Aside from federal holidays, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) is responsible for delivering mail six days a week. That doesn't mean there aren't exceptions, however. Over the past few months residents in places like Montana, Kentucky, Ohio, and Massachusetts have been complaining about missing mail, which has been attributed to delivery delays caused by staffing shortages. But there are other important reasons why mail gets halted. Now, the USPS is warning some Americans that they will not be receiving mail delivery, and the pause is currently indefinite. Read on to find out where the agency has just suspended service "until further notice."
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The USPS suspends service in specific areas as necessary.
The Postal Service will curb its operations when doing so is deemed necessary—and that can happen for a wide variety of reasons. In March, the agency stopped deliveries to Russia amid the country's invasion of Ukraine. Then in July, the USPS suspended service at its Processing and Distribution Center in St. Louis, Missouri and closed a post office in the state due to historic flooding.
Just last week, residents in one Ohio neighborhood were stripped of their mail delivery service after a letter carrier was attacked by a loose dog in the area. USPS spokesperson Naddia Dhalai told The Vindicator on Sept. 21 that the agency will end its service suspension for the Ohio neighborhood only "when it is safe for the letter carrier."
"The safety of our delivery employees and the aim to provide great customer service are both paramount to who we are as an organization," Dhalai explained to the newspaper.
Now, that dedication to safety has led to a new suspension.
The agency just halted services in several areas for the same reason.
The USPS released an alert on Sept. 27, notifying Americans that the agency's South Florida District is temporarily adjusting its services. The district has announced a "temporary suspension of mail delivery and retail operations in the Lower Florida Keys due to the approach of Hurricane Ian," according to the news release.
"Many Post Offices in Florida are closed due to Hurricane Ian," the USPS states in a new banner warning on its Service Alerts page. The Postal Service has also suspended mail delivery for residential and business customers in the following ZIP Codes: 33001, 33040, 33042, 33043, 33050, and 33051.
Hurricane Ian has hit the state of Florida.
Hurricane Ian hit Florida on Sept. 28 as a Category 4 hurricane, CNN reports. According to the news outlet, it made landfall along the southwestern coast of Florida near Cayo Costa and is one of the strongest hurricanes to ever land on the west coast of the state. As a result, more than one million people are currently without power in Florida and some are trapped in their homes due to rising water.
"Our top priority is the safety of our customers and employees," the USPS says on its website. "A destructive Hurricane Ian made landfall along the west coast of Florida. There are impacts to USPS operations in areas affected by the powerful storm."
The Postal Service says its suspension will remain in place for the foreseeable future.
The Postal Service initially indicated that retail operations had been suspended for 10 separate post offices in South Florida on Sept 27. But later that same day, the USPS updated its Service Alerts page with more than 200 additional facilities in the state that will not be operating due to the the hurricane. Services at all of these facilities are being "temporarily suspended until future notice," according to the agency.
Likely due to the number of closed facilities, the USPS has also indicated that there are no alternate sites available for mail pickup or retail services—which is something the agency usually provides to residents when their local post office has been temporarily closed. To stay up-to-date on when certain post offices and delivery operations resume, the USPS says it will be consistently updating its Service Alerts webpage to provide Americans with current information.
"The Postal Service appreciates its customers and their understanding as we temporarily adjust operations due to inclement weather," the agency said. "We will continue to monitor tropical weather conditions and will restore service when it is safe to do so."