West Virginia floods disrupt postal operations, close post offices

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Charmco WV PO flood

Due to the severe flooding in West Virginia, postal operations and delivery in parts of the state have been disrupted. Alaycording to a service alert on USPS.com, postal officials are making efforts to get mail to plants for processing but the safety of employees is the primary concern.

Elkview, WV post office under water

Elkview, WV post office under water

The alert also states, “Customers may also to contact their local Post Office to determine the specific status of delivery and retail service for their region.  In addition, customers are encouraged to call 800-ASK USPS (800-275-8777) or go online at www.usps.com to access basic services and information.”  

Contacting the local post office is not always easy, however. If you go to USPS.com to check on a post office, the phone number is always 800-ASK USPS. It takes some Googling to find the actual number for the post office.

Elkview WV postal truck in flood

USPS trucks under water in Elkview, WV

As indicated on the service disruption report, here are the post office that have been impacted by the flooding as of June 24, 2016, at 2 p.m. ET.

The following offices are inaccessible due to floodwaters.  (Note: This list has been updated with additional information about alternative sites as well as a few additional offices that have been impacted, as indicated by this USPS press release on June 27.)

  • Clendinin, 25045: Mobile Postal unit is on site for retail and Post Office box customers; Delivery out of Wallback PO, 6284 Wallback Rd., 25285
  • Rupert, 25984: reopened
  • Charmco, 25958: Retail, PO Box, & Delivery available at Rupert PO, 703 Nicholas St., 25984
  • Quinwood, 25981
  • Rainelle, 25962: Mobile Postal unit is on site for retail and Post Office box customers; Delivery out of Meadowbrook PO, 3754 Meadowbrook Rd., 26404
  • Drennen, 26667
  • Nallen, 26680: Retail & PO Box available at Mount Lookout PO, 466 W. Mt. Lookout Rd., 26678

The following offices have suspended operations due to a loss of power:

  • Amma, 25005: Mobile Postal unit is on site for retail and Post Office box customers
  • Rainelle, 25962: Mobile Postal unit is on site for retail and Post Office box customers; Delivery out of Meadowbrook PO, 3754 Meadowbrook Rd., 26404
  • Clay, 25043
  • Richwood, 26261
  • Fenwick, 26202
  • White Sulfur Springs, 24986: Retail, PO Box, & Delivery available at Lewisburg PO, 204 E. Washington St., 24901
  • Lewisburg, 24901: reopened
  • Caldwell, 24925: Retail & PO Box available at Lewisburg PO, 204 E. Washington St., 24901
  • Camden on Gauley, 26208: Mobile Postal unit is on site for retail and Post Office box customers; Delivery out of Cowen PO, 25 Erbacon Rd., 26206
  • Webster Springs, 26288

The following offices have suspended operations due to flooding of the facility:

  • Birch River, 26610: Mobile Postal unit is on site for retail and Post Office box customers
  • Elkview,  25071: Mobile Postal unit is on site for retail and Post Office box customers; Delivery out of Charleston-Stonewall Branch PO, 303 Ohio Ave., 25302
  • Falling Rock, 25079: Retail & PO Box available at Blue Creek PO, 5151 N. Elk River Rd., 25026
  • Procious, 25164: Retail & PO Box available at Maysel PO, 1848 Procious Maysel Rd., 25133; Delivery out of Clay PO, 119 Main St., 25043
  • Walback, 25285: PO Box service has been relocated to Amma Post Office at 2738 Big Sandy Rd., Amma, WV, 25005

Other impacted office (as indicated on the June 27 press release):

  • Belva 26656: Retail & PO Box available at Gauley Bridge PO, 301 Main St., 25085
  • Dille 26617: Retail & PO Box available at Birch River PO, 55 Powells Creek Rd., 26610
    Delivery out of Summersville PO, 449 Water St., 26651
  • Erbacon 26203: Retail, PO Box, & Delivery available at Cowen PO, 25 Erbacon Rd., 26206
  • Newton 25266: Retail & PO Box available at Wallback PO, 6284 Wallback Rd., 25285
  • Ronceverte 24970: Retail & PO Box available at Lewisburg PO, 204 E. Washington St., 24901
  • Swiss 26690: Retail & PO Box available at Gauley Bridge PO, 301 Main St., 25085

(Photo credits: Charmco, WV post office in flood; post office and postal trucks under water in Elkview, WV)

West Virginia Post Offices impacted by flooding

(photos courtesy of Post Mark Collectors Club, click on image for more info)

Charmco, WV
Charmco, WV, 25958
Elkview, WV post office

Elkview, WV, 25071

White Sulfur Springs
White Sulfur Springs, WV, 24986
Webster Springs
Webster Springs, WV, 26288
Clendinin

Clendenin, WV, 25045

Rainelle
Rainelle, WV, 25962
Rupert

Rupert, WV, 25984

Nallen

Nallen, WV, 26680

Quinwood

Quinwood, WV, 25981

Lewisburg

Lewisburg, WV, 24901

Procious

Procious, WV, 25164

Falling Rock

Falling Rock, WV, 25079

Fenwick

Fenwick, WV, 26202

Clay

Clay, WV, 25043

Caldwell

Caldwell, WV, 24925

Camden on Gauley

Camden-on-Gauley, WV, 26208

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