USPS Eastern Area tribute to Hurricane Sandy recover

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Nearly three weeks after Superstorm Sandy devastated the Jersey Shore, a small team of corporate communications folks and postal inspectors revisited the area to capture the impacts of the storm. They left capturing the impacts postal employees have had in their communities.

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This mailbox attached to this deck survived an estimated four-mile journey via the water. Brick, NJ, Letter Carrier Dan Eagan, a 33-year veteran, opened the mailbox. It contained dry mail for a home on the distant land in this picture.

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Bob Salerno – OIC Keyport, NJ “I was talking to the butcher and he was telling me he lost a good friend in addition to all his pets. You’re on the verge of tears. But this is a very close-knit community and we are all supporting each other. We’ve been delivering care packages to the shelters and the employees are doing a great job. My message was very simple, ‘Be safe.’”

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“I’ve cried and cried and I am so tired I can’t cry anymore. Thank you for stopping in and giving me moral support. If you can get me a change of address card I would appreciate it. At least I will have my magazines at my daughter’s house.” Jane, a 68 year-old resident in Toms River, NJ.

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Toms River, NJ, Letter Carrier Amy Masker masters her driving skills while making her appointed rounds.

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Brick, NJ, Letter Carrier Christine Guziejewski continues to deliver to her customers.

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Ortley Beach, NJ, Carrier Bill Welch lives in Lavallette. Within 15 minutes, his house took in two feet of water. His garage had four feet. He lost two cars—7ne had 74 miles on it, the other had 1,600 miles. He slept in the attic; the next day, he walked in waist-deep water to sleep at a friend’s house. “I biked over to Ortley Beach and I had to look at the street sign to know where I was,” he said. “It’s completely devastated.” He currently is renting from a customer along his route . He sought EAP counseling and says, “I just have to keep moving forward.” He returned to work last week in Beachwood, which is handling the mail for devastated Ortley Beach, and he now has the opportunity to see his customers. “We all have each other’s cell phone numbers to keep in contact. We’re a close knit community.”

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Postal employee Dan Forest assists a customer picking up mail in Beachwood, NJ, Post Office, the COOP site for four other offices.

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“You have the greatest letter carriers. While my husband and I were walking in the muck in our house, we heard this pounding on our door. It was the letter carrier handing me my medicine! I want to find out who he is. I want to take him to dinner. I love the Postal Service.” Virginia Mondello, Brick, NJ.

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Frank Cotton, Shop Steward/Carrier, Keyport, NJ “The senior citizen high rise I deliver to had to evacuate during the storm. I found out where they were going so I could bring them their social security checks. I know they needed them. Just being out there and showing the folks that something in town was working, and sharing information with them…that was important.”

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You Can Help A special thanks to Inspector Greg Botti, Inspector Mark Viggiano, Nicholas Sucich, Dan Afzal, Kevin Minderler and to all the employees we met for taking the time to share your stories.

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