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Months-long delays affecting undelivered mail at Fort Myers postal processing center

April 18, 2024
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When a piece of mail doesn’t find its destination, the United States Postal Service is supposed to return it to the sender.

Instead ‒ if you live in Southwest Florida – it may be buried under a stack of trays in the Fort Myers mail processing plant.

A months-long backlog has left about 500,000 pieces of undelivered mail unreturned, according to local United Postal Workers Union President Sam Wood. Plant management told employees the size of the backlog on April 15, Wood said.

The unprocessed trays of mail include bins dating back to February, Wood said. Because they contain undelivered mail that should have been returned to sender, some of the the letters and postcards in the trays were originally sent as early as September, according to Wood

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