Back in business

Eastover, SC, resident Marcus Bostic surveys the damage to his driveway this week.

USPS has restored service throughout South Carolina, where recovery efforts continue following historic flooding this month.

Greater South Carolina District has made virtually all of its 1.8 million deliveries since the flooding began last week. Three Post Offices have relocated retail services and PO Boxes to different offices, and six letter carriers have been reassigned.

Damage estimates in South Carolina exceed $1 billion, mostly in 16 counties that were declared federal disaster areas. The state has closed 285 roads in 27 counties.

“In many cases, we have had to take alternate routes to get the mail home — and it has been challenging,” said Columbia, SC, Transportation Networks Manager Prince Brock. “Employees are doing a great job and we’re meeting our target times to advance the mail.”

Authorities placed barricades on all roads leading to the Manning Post Office the first work day after the storm, but access was possible the next day.

The office was initially forced to curtail about 200 deliveries.

“Each day afterward, we were able to reach more customers. We’re at 100 percent now,” said Postmaster Ron Wingard.