Where's My Mail?

by Jessica Cervantez

Everything came to a stand still when Hurricane Katrina destroyed the gulf coast including the United States Postal Service. But, for folks staying at the Lufkin Shelter getting your mail is an easy process.

Catherine Breaux has been living at the Lufkin shelter for over a week now and like many evacuees, she has concerns about where her mail is going.

Breaux said, "I have several checks I know that will be coming from other people. We haven't received any mail at all since we were up here."

Catherine says she is used to getting her mail in the rain, sleet, or snow, but Hurricane Katrina brought mail delivery to a halt. Lufkin Red cross officials say they are working with the U.S. Postal Service to ease evacuee mail problems.

Doug Holland, with the Red Cross, said, "They can come in and get their mail delivered with general delivery and sorted..and their trying to get them an address to get it delivered here."

Lufkin postal workers were onsite at the Pentecostal campgrounds helping evacuees who have concerns with mail. They say mail delivery is slower than usual but they are dealing with an unusual situation.

Catherine Breaux says she would like to have her check now.

"I would like to have my retirement check while I'm up here, so I can have some extra money," she said.

But in the meantime, Catherine says the Lufkin Red Cross is helping her get through these dark days.