Postal Service workers share experience in Hurricane-affected areas

November 27, 2017

Days after Hurricane Irma devastated Puerto Rico and the Carribbean, the United States Postal Service asked for volunteers to assess the damage done to the 130 post offices in the region.

East Syracuse Postal Inspector, Matthew Puro, made the trip and says landing in St. Thomas was surreal.

“There were numerous flipped-over planes on the runway, just as, feet from where we arrived. So, at that point you started to realized the destruction that happened and the power of those storms,” Puro explained.

Matthew says he helped check in on the nearly 3,000 employees to make sure they were ok.

He says they slept in a damaged post office with cots.

Edward Phelan oversees the entire Caribbean for the Postal Service, and he’s been to the area twice so far.

“The amount of mail and care packages going down to the island had quadrupled, where we normally would send one plane of mail a day, turned into six or seven,” Phelan said.


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