Imelda has moved on now, but for a couple days it was horrible for much of southeast Texas. If you have seen the news the last few days, you know we’ve had serious flooding all over the area. My daughter’s home out in Crosby had as much water this time as they had for Harvey (when we had to wade from the house to vehicles to get out of there).
I’m okay, my home is none the worse for wear, and my area is drying out.
One significant issue, however, concerns shipping yarns out. I’ve tried my best over the years to push yarns out the door as quickly as I can, nearly always with the next pass of the mail carrier after payment is made. The one exception, of course, is when I post preview pictures of yarns not ready to ship, but I always give a time frame and date when they will be ready.
The regional postal sorting and distribution center in north Houston (the largest such depot in the country) was severely damaged in the storm. This notice was posted on Facebook yesterday:
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“During the storm yesterday the roof collapsed on the US Postal Service North Houston Sorting and Distribution Center. This is the largest sorting facility in the country.
Things to know about this situation and to be taken into consideration as you prepare to mail anything:
• The Post Office annexes designated to take the load from the main sorting and distribution center are also closed because of the storm. It is not known how long they will be closed.
• Currently no mail is being processed for the region. Several suburban Post Offices are closed indefinitely.
• The Post Office is working to lease other spaces and to bring sorting machines from other parts of the country to get the mail sorted and moving.
• Anything you mailed this week may have been lost and will definitely be delayed.
• Dallas has been alerted Houston mail may need to be sorted in Dallas.
• There is an embargo on Priority Mail Express in the following ZIP codes 770xx through 778xx.
• The Conroe Post office at 809 W. Dallas Street., 77301 is closed. There will be no mail delivery or retail operations.
• Services are suspended at Post Offices within the following areas: 775xx, 776xx and 777xx.”
I don’t know how long this will take, and I am confident they will get alternative procedures up as quickly as they can. Even so, it is important that I let you know what’s happening.
In order for me to survive, I must continue to dye and sell yarn, of course, so I can only hope that you understand there may be a delay in getting yarns shipped to you.
Some have asked about shipping via UPS — PayPal shipping does have a UPS option for street addresses (not to P.O. boxes), but I’ve not explored the charges for that. I suspect it would be more expensive. And, I have no idea whether the local/regional UPS facilities are also delayed, anyway.
Please ask me any questions you may have and I will try to find answers.