Several hundred people rallied in downtown Montpelier Monday afternoon demanding that the United States Postal Service reopen the city’s post office, which has been closed since the historic floods in July.
The Federal Building in downtown Montpelier was heavily damaged by the floodwaters, and may never reopen.
State and city officials have urged the postal service to open a temporary facility, but these requests have gone unanswered.
“182 days later, you know who hasn’t shown up? United States Postal Service leadership,” says Ben Doyle, the chairman of Montpelier’s Commission on Flood Recovery.
Montpelier does have home delivery service, but residents and businesses must travel to either East Montpelier or Barre for other basic postal needs.