Ice jams and flooding damaged the Johnson Post Office this weekend. Crews were working Sunday to clean it up before mail service on Tuesday.
“It backed up over here on one of the corners and the ice jammed up,” said Jane Draper the Johnson Postmaster.
She got the call from one of her employees around 7am Saturday that the waters were rising all the way around the building.
By the time she arrived it was too late.
“It was a matter of twenty minute, this parking lot had two to three feet of water in it,” said Draper.
She says this isn’t the first time Johnson’s Sterling Market Place flooded.
“It’s happen before but we have been much more prepared,” she said.
The owners of the building installed flood gates and provided sandbags to help mitigate the risk but this time, it happened too quickly.
“They are phenomenal land lords so whenever we have any type of issue not just devastating but even a small issue there crew is here,” she said. “They do a phenomenal job. They were here with in maybe 6 hours of this stuff going on…Right now obviously we have a little bit of wet mail that were dealing with so we will try and dry that out as best as possible and get it to the recipients it was intended for.”
They have allocated some of their delivery routes to the Hyde Park post office to allow them to finish the restoration.
“We will try and service the box customer right here out of Johnson so that there is no interruption in mail service,” said Draper.
Draper hopes to have the Johnson post office in working order by the end of the holiday weekend and back to full operations by the end of the week so there will be no interruption in mail service.