Two California Post Offices Remain Closed After Storm Damage

Bryan Dijkhuizen

There are 2 California Post Offices closing, one in Darwin and La Tijera.

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is an independent agency of the United States federal government responsible for providing postal service in the United States. It is one of the few government agencies explicitly authorized by the Constitution of the United States.

The USPS, as of 2021, has 516,636 career employees and 136,531 non-career employees.

While it seems that postal service in California is almost back to normal, according to the agency's Service Alerts, two post offices remain closed.

The Darwin Post Office, located at 251 Reddy St. in Darwin, was closed due to Tropical Storm Hilary. The storm caused flooding and damage to the building, and the post office has been unable to reopen.

The La Tijera Post Office, located at 5472 Crenshaw Blvd. in Los Angeles, was also closed due to storm damage. A water incursion from the storm damaged the building, and the USPS has deemed it unsafe to occupy during repairs.

Mail and retail services for both post offices have been temporarily moved to other locations. The Darwin Post Office's mail and retail services have been moved to the Planada Post Office, located at 17155 N. First St. in Planada.

The La Tijera Post Office's mail and retail services have been moved to the Hawthorne Post Office, located at 12700 Inglewood Ave. in Hawthorne.

The USPS has not yet announced a timeline for the reopening of the Darwin and La Tijera post offices.

"We apologize for this inconvenience," the USPS said in a statement. "This is only a temporary measure, and we will reopen the Post Offices as soon as the repairs are made, and it is safe."

The closures of the Darwin and La Tijera post offices are a reminder of the damage that can be caused by natural disasters. The USPS is working to restore service to these communities as quickly as possible.

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