Standard, Periodicals Mail Acceptance Suspended to Storm Areas
The Postal Service also announced that, effective immediately, it is not accepting any Standard or Periodicals Mail - from any source - addressed for delivery within these three-digit ZIP Code ranges: 369, 393, 394, 395, 396, 700 and 701.
This emergency action has been taken as a result of severe facility damage, evacuations and other issues resulting from Hurricane Katrina.
USPS is now formulating plans to address the handling of Standard and Periodicals Mail already in the mailstream and addressed for delivery to these seven ZIP Code areas.
Express Mail Service suspended in areas damaged by Hurricane Katrina
Due to the significant network disruption and catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Katrina, the sale of Express Mail to the following ZIP Codes is suspended:
ZIP Code City/State
365-366 Mobile, AL.
369-393 Meridian, MS.
394 Hattiesburg, MS.
395 Gulfport, MS.
396 McComb, MS.
700-701 New Orleans, LA.
703 Houma, LA.
704 Mandeville, LA.
In addition, Express Mail sold between Aug. 26 and Aug. 29 to these ZIP Codes are ineligible for refunds due to Domestic Mail Classification Schedule section 182.51(h), which allows the Postal Service to deny refunds for Express Mail delayed by an "act of God."
The Postal Service will notify customers when the service suspension is lifted.
Hurricane Katrina knocked out power to more than 1 million people from Louisiana to Florida's Panhandle. Officials said restoring power could take months.
The New Orleans Processing and Distribution Center suspended all operations at noon Sunday. No drop shipments will be accepted to ADC New Orleans 700-704 until further notice. Retail and delivery services have been suspended since Monday for all offices in ZIP Codes 700, 701, 703 and 704.
There will be no delivery today for ZIP Codes 707 and 708, including the city of Baton Rouge.