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Hurricane Sandy Causing Shipping Problems for Businesses

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- The destruction left behind by Hurricane Sandy is causing major shipping problems for those wanting to send packages to loved ones in the Northeast.

West Tennesseans said they believe care packages are important now more than ever. With most mail carriers through out the Northeast at a stand still, residents said they feel helpless.

"I'm sure anything is helpful having gone through the flooding that we experienced here they need help," said UPS Customer Melinda Yates. "It's touching many lives, not just the ones there on the coast."

Officials said all packages traveling into the effected areas are currently at a stand still. Jackson UPS Manager Kaye McLeod said she has seen several connected customers here in West Tennessee who would like to help out the Northeast but can not.

"It has been surprising to me over last couple of days of how many people I'm connected to that are connected to people there," said McLeod. "It's got to be hard to want to help but knowing your hands are kind of tied and there is nothing you can do."

Officials with UPS said right now there are 11 states locked into the holding pattern, suspending package travel until further notice. Those states include: Connecticut, Delaware, Washington D.C, Maine, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and West Virginia.

"People can't work in all of that water in the city, that could cause an electricity hazard. People could get killed," said resident Larence Pritle.

Pritle who works as a driver for a commercial carrier said his northern route to New York has been suspended until conditions improve. McLeod suggests that customers process their mail as soon as possible. Drivers are expected to resume delivering as soon as it is safe to do so.

"They cant do it by ground they cant fly it in so definitely just here to wait it out," said Pritle.

Officials with the US Postal Service said many of their employees in the devastated areas, have become victims of damage, flooding and power outage. However workers there are reportedly still showing up for work, doing what they can to process and deliver mail.

For the most up-to-date information on mail conditions due to Hurricane Sandy, visit www.usps.com and click "Mail Service Update" on the right hand side of the page. The website is constantly being updated and gives a list of offices that have been closed.



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