La Grange Post Office reopens after historic flooding
LA GRANGE, Mo (WGEM) — Residents in a northeast Missouri town finally have their post office back which had been closed due to flooding.
La Grange, Missouri residents are picking up their mail from their own post office for the first time in 7 months.
“It’s the longest I ever remember, yeah. It did take a long time and I know they were trying very hard. I talked to the lady in charge a couple times and she said they were looking at different options but there’s only so much they can do,” said resident Doug Mallet.
Workers said over 4 feet of water was inside the building at the height of the flood but looking at it now, you couldn’t tell. The lobby has new drywall and the floors and P.O. boxes are all cleaned up.
Most residents in La Grange don’t have mailboxes and have to pick their mail up from the post office itself.
“The lobby is open all the time so if we come in late or we go out of town or something and come in late, I can get my mail,” said Mallett.
Not having it for so long caused a big headache for residents and the city who had to travel to Canton, Missouri’s office to pick their mail up.
“Not having a post office it just ends up not being any good. So having that facility in town and being able to utilize our own post office goes a long way,” said city administrator John Roach.
Meanwhile, residents said the office opened back up at the perfect time. With more packages being delivered this time of year, residents said they’ll be able to send them to the post office instead of leaving them out in the open on their front porch.
“With Christmas coming, I have a bunch of things ordered for nieces and nephews and family and you don’t want them just leaving it on their porch and a lot of times the UPS people will leave it down here which is a lot safer so it’s really nice having it back again,” said Mallett.
Workers said Wednesday was an extremely busy first day back but they are continuing to clean up and get the La Grange office all the way back to normal for at least the next couple of weeks.
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