Mail Delivery Recovering From Isabel's Wrath

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The U.S. Postal Service, United Parcel Service and FedEx worked to return to normal last week after Hurricane Isabel forced evacuations in coastal areas of North Carolina and the Mid-Atlantic and stymied deliveries.


In a statement, the USPS said it was delivering mail on Sept. 19, the day after Isabel made landfall on the North Carolina coast, in areas affected by the hurricane that were not afflicted by flooding or impassable roads.


But in some areas, including the majority of post offices in coastal North Carolina from Atlantic Beach north to the Virginia border, mail delivery will be unavailable until emergency officials reopen access, the USPS said.


The USPS advised postal customers in affected areas to listen to local radio stations for reports on mail availability. They also advised them to clear access to mailboxes for when delivery resumes.


FedEx and UPS said that deliveries to evacuated areas were halted during the hurricane but were returning by the following day as evacuation orders were lifted. All flights and facilities were operating as normal by Friday, they said.


Isabel is the second event to affect deliveries on the Eastern seaboard in as many months. In August, a power outage in the Northeast United States and Ontario halted deliveries and pickups for two days in some areas.


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