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Mail carriers apologize for late delivery

Published 7:07pm Thursday, November 7, 2013

The United States Postal Service delivers mail through rain, sleet or snow.
But as of late, Danita Cheatham, shop steward for the National Association of Letter Carriers, said that mail around Alexander City and Kellyton is being delivered a little later than usual.
“Our trucks have been late from Birmingham,” Cheatham said. “The Postal Service has consolidated Huntsville and Tuscaloosa in Birmingham, and they haven’t been able to work all the load.”
As of 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Cheatham said the Alexander City Post Office had yet to receive its Birmingham mail shipment. As a result, many mail customers may be receiving their mail well into the afternoon and evening, Cheatham said.
“My main concern is to apologize to our customers,” Cheatham said. “Our phone lines have been down at the office also, so people haven’t been able to call and find out why their mail was late. Our customers are very good to us, and we wanted them to know what is going on.”
The postal service consolidated it’s mail processing centers in Tuscaloosa and Huntsville to Birmingham in February of this year. An Anniston-based mail-processing center was also moved to the Birmingham location in the consolidation.
Cheatham said that mail service will continue, however, despite the delays.
“We are going to get the mail out, and we are going to get it picked up,” Cheatham said.
Cheatham also added that mail carriers appreciate the patience of customers and asked that citizens leave lights on a little later into the evening, if possible.

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