U.S. Postal Service Prepares for Hurricane Harvey

August 24, 2017 

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SAN ANTONIO, TX — The U.S. Postal Service Rio Grande District is preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Harvey by advising customers that normal service operations in the path of the storm may be affected in the event of unsafe conditions such as high winds, flooding, or impassable roads.

Postal Service employees in the USPS Rio Grande District’s Texas Gulf Coastal Bend and Rio Grande Valley area will be working around-the-clock to secure the mail, postal facilities and equipment in advance of the arrival of Hurricane Harvey.  This includes all postal operations with the first three ZIP Code digits 779, 783, 784 and 785.

The Postal Service may suspend mail delivery and retail operations in some coastal areas now affected by the approach of Hurricane Harvey.

On Friday, Aug. 25, some Texas Gulf Coast area Post Offices under emergency evacuation orders, with the first three ZIP Code digits beginning with 779, 783 and 784, may be closed on Friday and/or Saturday.  There will be no mail delivery, mail collections or retail services available in some of these locations until evacuation orders are cancelled and postal facilities can be safely accessed by customers and employees.

In anticipation of severe storm conditions upon the arrival of Hurricane Harvey, the mail processing plant in Corpus Christi will shut down operations at 6 a.m. on Friday morning, Aug. 25, and will not be accepting drop shipments. The Corpus Christi Processing & Distribution Center expects to resume full operations at 6 a.m., Sunday morning, Aug. 27.

Customers can call 1-800-ASK-USPS (1-800-275-8777) to obtain information, including available, alternate Post Office retail  locations, or check the Postal Service website: www.usps.com    The Post Office is always open at www.usps.com  The Postal Service’s smartphone app makes it even quicker to use the most popular functions on usps.com, anytime and anywhere.

For the latest information on USPS service updates, check: https://about.usps.com/news/service-alerts/

Postal Service employees in the hurricane affected area are being advised to check for changes to their scheduled work reporting status by contacting the USPS National Emergency Notification Hotline to determine if any special instructions have been issued. The toll-free Hotline number for U.S. Postal Service employees is: 1-888-363-7462.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

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