HAZLETON – U.S. Rep. Lou Barletta, PA-11, sent a letter to two high-ranking officials with the United States Postal Service asking that the post office in the Borough of Shickshinny reopen as quickly as possible.
The Shickshinny post office was damaged and closed during the flooding associated with Tropical Storm Lee in September 2011.
“The citizens of Shickshinny Borough currently have no grocery store, bank, or post office in their town. They have suffered extreme emotional and physical hardship in rebuilding from the worst flooding in history. Many are elderly and rely on the post office for basic communication needs. I urge you to act as quickly as possible to conduct an assessment of the damage to the post office and reopen the facility in the very near future,” Rep. Barletta wrote.
The letter was sent to Megan Brennan, chief operating officer and executive vice president of the USPS, and Kevin McAdams, manager of consumer and industry for the Central Pennsylvania District of the USPS.
“A post office is often the focal point of small communities in Northeastern Pennsylvania. It’s a place where neighbors can get caught up on each other’s lives. It’s a place where news and views are exchanged. It’s also a vital link for the people of Shickshinny,” Rep. Barletta added. “I hope the United States Postal Service acts quickly to assess the damage to this building, fix what needs to be fixed, and give the people of Shickshinny their post office back.”