Can’t find mom

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Through rain, sleet and snow the post­man will go, but ap­par­ently not through flood-rav­aged New Or­leans.

“The United States Postal Ser­vice has given up on New Or­leans,” Andrew Lawrence of Alexan­dria opines in a let­ter to Inside the Belt­way. In fact, he can’t even get a let­ter into the hands of the postmaster, let alone his el­derly mother.

“I re­cently ad­dressed a let­ter to the ‘Postmaster, USPS, Lake­view, New Or­leans, LA 70124’ and af­fixed more than ad­e­quate postage. The un­opened en­ve­lope was re­turned as ‘Un­de­liv­er­able as ad­dressed. No for­ward­ing in­for­ma­tion avail­able.’

“With this re­turned en­ve­lope, it is clear the Postal Ser­vice has given up on the city. And I now know why mail is not be­ing de­liv­ered to my 84-year-young [Hur­ri­cane] Ka­t­rina sur­vivor mother at her re­built Lake­view home. Since mother’s re­turn to Lake­view in Fe­bru­ary, some mail has got­ten through and only God knows what hasn’t — her credit card bills, elec­tric bills and wa­ter bills have not made it to the mail­box on the house. She is hav­ing one heck of a time deal­ing with th­ese cred­i­tors.”

Mr. Lawrence says his phone calls and, now, let­ter to the postal ser­vice have proven in­suf­fi­cient in cor­rect­ing the prob­lem.

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