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Mount Vernon post office remains temporarily closed

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Mount Vernon's water tower. (Republic file photo)

MOUNT VERNON — Residents of Mount Vernon will remain without a post office in their town in the short term, but operations are expected to return soon, the United States Postal Service said this week.

The USPS said that flooding has delayed mail delivery and retail hours for community post offices, including in Mount Vernon. Until further notice, PO box customers at the Mount Vernon post office, which is located at 115 S. Main St., have been directed to pick up their mail in Mitchell at the post office (200 W. Fifth Ave.) Customers must bring photo ID in order to pick up their mail.

“Delivery operations for Mount Vernon will continue to areas where it is safe and possible to deliver,” the USPS said in a statement. “Any customers the carrier is unable to reach will be able to pick up their mail from the Mitchell post office.”

The Mount Vernon building was damaged by floodwaters, with damage to wall sections and the retail counter being affected. Post office officials feared the damage could cause the building to be closed for several weeks.

Mount Vernon Mayor Weston Frank posted on social media on Thursday saying that officials have told him that they hope to have the post office opened again in a week, provided the building passes a safety and health inspection.

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Post offices in Canistota, Chester, Madison, Montrose, Nunda, Olivet, Salem and Scotland were also affected by the weather. The U.S. Postal Service said it is working to restore full operations to those sites.

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