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Archive for Friday, September 14, 2001

U.S. mail moves steadily

September 14, 2001

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The U.S. Postal Service has slowed in the aftermath of hijacking attacks on America, Lawrence's postmaster said Thursday, but not as much as might be expected.

"Mail is moving surprisingly well," Bill Reynolds said.

That's even though most planes across the United States have been grounded this week. Most mail to be delivered within 600 miles is transported by ground transportation anyway, Reynolds said, and mail that normally goes by air including express and first-class parcels has been thrown in with that instead of left to sit.

Reynolds said there have been delays in getting mail delivered to Washington, D.C., and New York City, the sites of the attacks. But the resumption of air service should solve most of those problems during the next week, Reynolds said.

"It's probably going to be another three or four days before transportation gets back to normal," he said.

The week has presented unprecedented challenges, Reynolds said.

"I can't remember anything like this," he said, "where all the airports were closed at the same time."

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