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Louisiana District Manager Steve Hardin and Southern Area VP Shaun Mossman, center, welcome Denham Springs employees back to the facility.

USPS has reopened the Denham Springs Post Office nearly four months after historic flooding in southeastern Louisiana forced it to suspend operations.

Southern Area VP Shaun Mossman and Louisiana District Manager Stephen Hardin welcomed employees and customers back into the facility during a recent reopening celebration.

“When these kinds of crises occur, the Postal Service is vital to helping re-establish normalcy for the residents, community leaders and customers,” Mossman said. “We did that here in Denham Springs.”

During the flood, rescue crews evacuated 20,000 residents from affected areas. Several Post Offices were temporarily relocated to alternate locations.

In the wake of the disaster, Denham Springs carriers navigated debris piles to get to work. Some employees reported to work despite suffering personal losses.

Mossman said he was proud to see Denham Springs letter carriers back on their routes, including some who resumed deliveries the day after the flood.

He also thanked employees for their dedication during the rebuilding of the community.

Staffers from the offices of U.S. Sen. Bill Cassidy and U.S. Rep. Garret Graves also attended the reopening event, along with officials from Denham Springs and Livingston Parish.