By William Holloman
The Mount Olive Post Office is currently maintaining its operation out of a large tent behind the Piggly Wiggly Shopping Center. Its regular office suffered water damage from the recent storm.
Postmaster James Benson said he is “hopeful” normal operations can be up and running by October 4.
The local post office facility had to be shut down two weeks ago, when Hurricane Florence dumped five inches of water inside the building. Benson said two years ago, Hurricane Matthew inundated the building with 18 inches of water.
The large tent was set up on Wednesday of last week and was operating for its 15 employees on Thursday morning.
Benson said the outdoor operation was set up “just exactly the way we had it operating inside.
The only big difference- there is no air conditioning.”
Postmaster Benson said they had been operating out of the nearby Dudley Post Office until the tent, which was rented from a firm out of Fayetteville, was set up.
The local post office remains closed, but the front portion where the post office boxes are is opened daily, Monday through Saturday, from 9:30 until 11:30 a.m. to allow access.
Benson said for local residents, outgoing mail may be dropped in the outside collection boxes located at Center and Chestnut Streets and in front of the post office here. Benson said those drop boxes will be checked throughout the day and anything dropped after 3:30 p.m. will be mailed out the next day.