Postal Service being restored to Louisiana

Sept. 4, 2005 at 5:51 PM
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BATON ROUGE, La., Sept. 4 (UPI) -- The U.S. Postal Service said it has moved quickly to provide some form of mail service to Louisiana residents affected by Hurricane Katrina.

"We know how important mail is to people. For many, it's their primary means of receiving financial support," said Tony Ruda, district

manager for Louisiana. "That's why the Postal Service, nationally and locally, moved quickly to set up means for people to get their Social Security checks."

The U.S. Postal Service and the Social Security Administration have established temporary, alternative locations for the distribution of Social Security checks to Louisiana residents who are unable to receive regular mail delivery service. A complete list of post offices that are back to normal operation is posted on the Postal Service's Web site,

Check distribution sites have been operating in Louisiana since Friday.

Many also rely on the Postal Service to deliver medication. One way to help speed the process and begin receiving regular mail delivery is for displaced residents to fill out a change of address to their temporary homes online at or to call 1 800-ASK-USPS (1 800-275-8777).

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