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Mail slowed by attacks

Chances are Grandma’s birthday card could arrive late.

The U.S. Postal Service expects delays in the mail delivery system. Air service, both commercial and cargo flights, has been shut down for two days following Tuesday’s terrorist attacks.

Postal workers from the South Lake Tahoe have been explaining to customers that mail delivery may take longer.



Some accept the news in stride, and others don’t.

“I had one lady scream at me that she had to get her check on time,” interim postmaster Toni Passot said Thursday.



For the most part, people have remained patient.

“Nobody planned for this,” she added.

No international mail has gone overseas and delays in domestic mail for the South Shore depend on the Reno distribution center’s ability to truck the mail out.

The Postal Service had finalized an agreement with Federal Express three weeks ago. It’s been using FedEx trucks to cart the mail nationwide.

“It will help, but it certainly won’t give us the service we’re used to,” said Becky Bernard, Reno manager of post office operations. “We do anticipate we’ll be playing catch-up for a week or so.”

Mailboxes etc. outlets, including South Lake Tahoe’s, has joined the Postal Service in a policy of requesting identification with packages as an added security measure.


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