Can’t find mom
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.