USPS had to temporarily suspend operations at its St. Louis Processing and Delivery Center due to the historic flooding impacting the city and surrounding areas.
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Although personal safety is far more important than mail and package deliveries, USPS may have continued difficulty processing and delivering mail over the next few days.
A report by the St. Louis Fire Department indicated that the St. Louis Processing & Distribution Center (PD&C) experienced an emergency Tuesday morning, suggesting smoke in the basement.
However, late last night, USPS issued an Industry Alert notice stating that the St. Louis Processing & Distribution Center has been temporarily closed due to flooding.
The Postal Service will divert mail during this closure to a Parcel Support Annex in Hazelwood, Missouri, northwest of the city, the notice said.
But the operational loss of the PD&C cannot so easily be made up at a much smaller facility as the St. Louis PD&C services about 3.8 million people in the area.
Until USPS can resume operations and clear its backlog of mail stuck at surrounding locations, shipments to the area may experience delays. This could go on for days, maybe longer.
It is unclear if the flooding caused damage to any mail.
Merchants Should Monitor USPS Shipments to Area
Historically, tracking of mail into areas impacted by natural disasters or other emergencies can be erratic and show significant pauses of no activity.
Online merchants and sellers should monitor USPS shipments destined to the greater St. Louis area which includes the following zip codes (3-Digit Prefixes):
Shippers may want to communicate with customers in the area notifying them about the possible USPS delays, even if they are not directly affected by the flooding.
The US Postal Service issued a new bulletin this morning stating that it had resumed operations at the St. Louis PD&C. However, as mentioned earlier, shippers should still expect delivery delays to last a few days due to postal network backlogs that often result from unplanned closures of a major distribution center.
Local media reports that the downtown USPS retail location was closed on Wednesday as well. USPS did not specify that in their bulletin regarding the PD&C, evenso it’s the same complex.
We made two minor edits for clarification to the original post.
Please see our USPS Service Status on Domestic Services and Shipments page here for more domestic disruptions of the USPS network.
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