La Crosse Post Office delivers record number of packages
Postal workers are working nearly around the clock to meet demand
LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT)- Postal Workers in La Crosse are working nearly around the clock to try and get your packages to their holiday destination.
The big man at the North Poll isn’t the only one delivering Christmas. The USPS is working nearly around the clock sorting, tracking, and delivering a record number of holiday gifts. “Parcels have been through the roof. It’s been a record year for us.”, explains Postmaster Jamie Muller.
Parcel deliveries are up roughly 40% from last year. The La Crosse office alone is delivering, on average, 1,800 parcels a day. “That is just packages. That does not include the letters or flats we deliver daily as well. That is just parcels.”, says Muller.
Other mail rooms around the nation are even more crowded. Workers at UPS facility are also working overtime to managing the holiday rush and historic race to distribute the first COVID-19 vaccine.
Mother Nature isn’t helping. A Wednesday storm dumped feet of snow along the east coast. Shipping companies and the USPS are working on contingency plans. “We’re hoping they can get the planes in the air and the trucks back on the road as soon as possible, because our ultimate goal is to get everything out.”, Muller explains.
The clock is ticking. Christmas is days away as well as the possibility of another approved vaccine. Muller says he’s ready. “It’s just been a very trying year, but we are delivering smiles. That’s the best thing I can say.”
Because postal carriers are making deliveries well after dark, the Postmaster is asking you to leave your porch lights on and clear the pathway to your door.