Recovery mode

Postmaster Jason Knott stands inside a mobile unit temporarily housing the Cedar Key, FL, Post Office. Image: WUFT

USPS has resumed most delivery and retail services in the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine, although Post Offices in some areas remain closed.

Hermine, the first hurricane to make landfall in Florida since Hurricane Wilma in 2005, prompted evacuations throughout the Southeast this month. Two deaths have been attributed to the storm, which left several communities without power for a week.

Some Post Offices in Florida and Georgia have been temporarily relocated.

For example, the Cedar Key, FL, office has been unable to reopen due to water damage from the storm, so employees are working out of a mobile unit.

“The customers are really happy now because … [they’re] able to come [here] and it’s just business as normal,” Postmaster Jason Knott told public broadcaster WUFT.

Meanwhile, employees at a Savannah, GA, Post Office sorted mail outside after a power outage. Operations have since resumed.

USPS leaders say they’re thankful the storm didn’t cause more damage and praised employees for their dedication.

“I could not be more proud of our employees during this weather event,” said Gulf Atlantic District Manager David Martin.