DES MOINES (AP) — Central Iowa residents have praised their postal workers for finding a way to deliver the mail after floodwater swallowed a semitrailer truck carrying letters across the state this spring.
Letters from the truck that was submerged in Prairie Creek near Des Moines on May 30 were delivered in early June with a note of explanation. The driver of the submerged semitrailer, Dwayne Michael, 70, of Granger, was rescued by law enforcement officers.
Workers at a processing center in Des Moines worked through a weekend to clean and dry out more than 350,000 first-class letters from the truck, said Postal Service spokesman Richard Watkins.
The letter of explanation and apology was packaged in a special envelope or clear plastic bag with the original piece of mail.
Jeanine Strodtman of Ames said she was grateful to get her water-damaged mail from her grandson.
“I just thought they ought to get a little recognition for doing a lot of extra work,” she said of the postal employees.
Watkins called his workers the best at overcoming obstacles.
“Many times our employees are the first sign of routine life — getting mail through to customers despite natural disasters. We take personal responsibility to make sure people get that mail.”
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