Mold problems close a Magoffin County post office

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A Magoffin County post office is shut down. The Royalton post office was closed because officials say the building has mold in it and is not safe for the workers or people in the community. U.S. Post Office officials issued an emergency suspension on the Royalton building to close it immediately. All of its operations are now being handled in Salyersville.

People who live in Royalton and used the post office for decades say it closed without warning.
"All I know, I walked around the post office and they told me it would be closed up," said Johnny Puckett.

U. S. Postal Officials say a flood a few years ago caused mold to start growing inside. Officials say the mold has gotten so bad that they were concerned for health of those inside.

"They should have given us an opportunity to clean it up and not take away from the community," said Connie Peters.
"It's made it harder on people, especially our older residents that depended on the post office. You know they bought their money orders and their stamps," said Sharon Whitaker.

All of the Royalton Post Office's operations are moved seven miles away to the Salyersville Post Office.
"It's much longer for me, it's 15 miles for me, and then for others, it could possibly be 20-25 miles," said Whitaker.

US Postal officials say people can buy stamps or handle other business through their mail carriers instead of driving to Salyersville.
Officials also say anyone who had a P. O. box in Royalton can get one in Salyersville.

U.S. Postal Service officials say no jobs were affected. The postmaster retired and other workers were moved to the Salyersville Post Office.

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