Monday November 30th, 2015 9:08PM

Postal Service ramping up operations in north Georgia

By Staff
DULUTH - After experiencing the severe weather challenges of the past 48 hours, the U.S. Postal Service was opening post offices and began returning mail delivery to normal levels in Atlanta and other parts of north Georgia Friday.

Postal operations had been hampered because many roads and highways were impassible at the height of the winter storm, limiting the number of the employees who were able to get to work and impacting the Postal Service's ability to move mail between processing facilities and local post offices.

"With the State of Emergency urging people to stay off the roads as much as possible, we could not ask our employees to put themselves in harm's way by venturing out on the roads if they felt it was unsafe," said Atlanta District Manager Scott Raymond. "As a result, we had very limited delivery over the past few days, and were only able to open a small number of post offices for a few hours in some areas.

The Atlanta district includes Gainesville.

Now that the weather has improved and we have more employees available, we will be able to open more post offices and extend mail delivery to most of the customers we were not able to reach earlier in the week. We ask our customers to be patient as we work to restore operations to normal levels."

Raymond also urges customers to clear areas around their mailboxes of ice, snow and other obstacles that may hinder letter carriers during delivery.

The Postal Service's Atlanta District covers north Georgia ZIP Codes beginning with 300, 301, 302, 303, 305 and 306.

© Copyright 2015
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
US stocks post sixth straight year of gains
U.S. stocks ended a strong 2014 with moderate declines Wednesday.
4:43PM ( 10 months ago )
Palestinians push ahead in pursuit of war crimes charges against Israel
Stung by a resounding defeat in the U.N. Security Council, the Palestinians announced Wednesday that they joined the International Criminal Court to pursue war crimes charges against Israel.
1:57PM ( 10 months ago )
Business News
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 10 months ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 10 months ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 10 months ago )
Local/State News
Longtime Habersham County Clerk of Court Ernest Nations to be remembered
Longtime former Habersham County Clerk of Court Ernest Nations Jr. died Sunday, Nov. 29, following an extended illness.
3:52PM ( 5 hours ago )
Hall deputies arrest Nov. 21 chase suspect
A Gainesville man wanted for allegedly sideswiping a patrol car on Highway 365 a week ago was arrested over the weekend.
3:06PM ( 6 hours ago )
Man struck by car, killed on Athens Hwy. south of Gainesville
Charges are pending in a weekend accident that killed a pedestrian on Athens Highway.
1:34PM ( 7 hours ago )
Georgia's Mark Richt not done coaching, will listen to anyone interested in giving him a job
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Mark Richt remains interested in another coaching job and said Monday he will listen "to anybody who has interest in me" as he prepares for his final game as Georgia's coach.Georgia...
1:10PM ( 7 hours ago )
Flowery Branch man charged with Thanksgiving Day attack on juveniles
Flowery Branch police have arrested a man for a Thanksgiving Day assault on two juveniles.
12:49PM ( 8 hours ago )