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Mail services resume for many areas affected by Black Forest fire

By: Jesse Byrnes jesse.byrnes@gazette.com
June 17, 2013 Updated: June 17, 2013 at 6:10 pm
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Mail service has resumed for many areas impacted by the Black Forest fire, with couriers delivering accumulated letters and packages to residents.

As of Monday, all mail was deliverable in Peyton as well as to Gleneagle in Colorado Springs. Also seeing letter carriers on Monday: Ellicott, Falcon and Monument, all which had seen some interrupted service, said Ron Perry, a United States Postal Service customer relations coordinator for the area.

In the heart of the Black Forest area, thousands of addresses in the 80908 ZIP code saw mail service return Monday. Mail had gone undelivered to 5,290 addresses because of road closures; by Monday, that number was down to 1,800, according to Perry.

"If your road is open, we're delivering," said Postal Service spokesman David Rupert.

He said that many people have medications, documents and checks coming in the mail, and that the Postal Service is eager to deliver those items to residents.

"Mail is kind off that consistent thing - you don't miss it until you miss it," Rupert said.

Undelivered mail in the Black Forest area is being held at the Briargate Post Office, 8585 Criterion Drive, and is available during the office's extended hours from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Customers with boxes at the Black Forest Retail Postal Unit, which reopened Monday and is located in the Forest Plaza Market, can get their mail there, Perry said.

"Life is coming back to normal for them and we're trying to make it as normal as possible," said courier Becky Wilcox as she delivered mail to the Ridge Pointe apartments off North Gate Boulevard. "You become very concerned about your customers."

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