West Virginia floods affect Post Offices, employees

The Charmco, WV, Post Office was heavily flooded after recent storms.

The Charmco, WV, Post Office was heavily flooded after recent storms.

Twenty-six Post Offices were damaged — some severely — after the recent devastating floods across West Virginia.

Employees worked together to salvage equipment and safeguard assets following the flooding, which knocked out power to some offices for days.

USPS deployed generators, established alternate locations and used mobile postal trailers to serve customers in the hardest hit areas.

“Right away, we began working to reach out to offices and employees and to restore services where feasible for our customers,” said Appalachian District Manager Wendy English.

“We still have a long road ahead of us, but I am so proud of our employees and the dedication they have displayed. Together, we’ll recover.”

Gov. Early Ray Tomblin has declared a state of emergency in 44 of West Virginia’s 55 counties.

The flooding claimed at least 23 lives, the highest death toll from flash floods since 2010, when 27 people died in Tennessee, Kentucky and Mississippi.

USPS employees in West Virginia who suffered losses can receive help from a variety of sources, including the Postal Employees Relief Fund and Employee Assistance Program.

source: USPS News Link