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Months after Imelda, Mauriceville post office reopens its doors

Staff has been operating out of a tent to continue getting mail to customers

MAURICEVILLE, Texas — People living in Mauriceville have something to be thankful for Tuesday now that the post office has reopened, months after Imelda forced it to close its doors. 

The building flooded in September, and have since been operating out of a tent. 

Community members stepped up and helped with recovery efforts, making it possible to reopen the building for the first time on Tuesday morning.

"It was hard to get in line because of the store. You know, everybody coming in and coming out. We're trying to get in and go out," Sylvia Pattillo said as she went get to mail. 

According to the post office, they receive no tax dollars for operating expenses. 

They rely on the sale of postage, products and services to fund operations. Customers came through the newly-opened post office all day on Tuesday. Some residents feel that the city has outgrown the facility.

"It needs to be bigger too because it's real hectic during the holiday for them, real right and crowded," Pattillo said. 

David Totino lives in Mauriceville. He said it's not the first obstacle the community has had to overcome. 

"We have had to work through difficulties before, so we work through this one but I'm glad to get the post office back and hope it doesn't become another Harvey or Imelda," Totino said.  

The post office has resumed regular business hours. In a statement, the postal service apologized to customers for the inconvenience. 

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