USPS Says Expect Delays Getting Mail to Some East Coast Areas

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

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DUBUQUE, Iowa - Many people in eastern Iowa have relatives or friends living in the areas that Hurricane Sandy pummeled this week.

Many Eastern Iowans want to send them "care packages" containing batteries and other essential items.

But according to the United States Postal Service getting packages to some parts of the east coast is almost impossible right now.

A spokesperson for the U.S.P.S. is warning of delays getting mail to those impacted areas.

Because some of the bridges and tunnels are closed in New York and New Jersey it's impossible for letter carriers to deliver mail to those areas.

They say there are also city streets flooded and downed power lines that keep those workers from reaching homes.

But if you want to help, the American Red Cross says, instead of mailing items, they encourage people here to donate money or give blood.

American Red Cross Spokesperson Bobbi Snethen said, "The effect of Sandy there have been more than 325 blood drives cancelled on the east coast, that's across 13 states that results in a short fall of almost 11,000 units of blood and platelets. "

For more information on the American Red Cross visit their site here.

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