USPS Suspends Standard, Periodicals Mail in Areas of La., Miss.
Washington, DC - Sept. 6, 2005 -- Effective immediately, the U.S. Postal Service has announced that it is not accepting any Standard Mail (Letters and Flats) or Periodicals Mail — from any source — addressed for delivery within the following three-digit ZIP Code ranges: 369, 393, 394, 395, 396, 700, 701 and 704, due to severe facility damage, evacuations and other issues resulting from Hurricane Katrina.
The USPS is now formulating plans to address the handling of Standard and Periodicals Mail already in the mail stream and addressed for delivery to these eight ZIP Code areas.
The USPS also reports that the sale of Express Mail has been restored to Mobile, Ala., ZIP Code ranges 365 and 366, but due to significant network disruption and catastrophic damage caused by Hurricane Katrina, Express Mail service to many other ZIP Codes throughout Mississippi and Louisiana has been suspended.
The Postal Service will notify customers when the service suspension is lifted.
The USPS also reports that the New Orleans Processing and Distribution Center operations will remain suspended until further notice. Retail and delivery services remain suspended for all offices in ZIP Codes 700, 701 and 704. Drop shipments destined for ZIP Code 703 will now be accepted in Baton Rouge Sectional Center Facility 707 until further notice.
Delivery is scheduled for most of ZIP Code 703, except for Grand Isle and Monegot. Near-normal deliveries are scheduled for ZIP Codes 705-708.
Dozens of ZIP Codes are also closed in the Mississippi District. Drop shipments to the Gulfport Plant and any delivery and retail units in ZIP Codes 369, 393, 394, 395 and 396 are suspended until further notice.
In Alabama, the following ZIP Codes are closed until further notice: 36601, 36633, 36652, 36602, 36509, 36528. More than two-dozen ZIP Codes have partial operations and limited retail operations.