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Volga post office temporarily closing

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VOLGA (KWWL) -- In part thanks to the internet, mail volume is plummeting, as the postal service's budget shortfall rises.

The postal service has a plan: cancel Saturday mail delivery as soon as next year, close inefficient post offices, raise postage rates and open kiosks in grocery stores and pharmacies to reach more customers.

"The postal service today is facing a severe income gap that we absolutely have to close," said Postmaster General John Potter.

52077. Five numbers that give Volga, Iowa an identity. But in 1999, 52077, was under water. And nearly destroyed.

"We lost 26 houses in the flood that the city has to tear down because of fem buyouts or they moved out of town," said Mayor Bill Crandill.

Since then it's taken years of hard work to rebuild this town of now, 250 people.

"Getting the downtown rejuvenated and have of our old historic building around the corner is being rebuilt," said city council member Elaine Follon.

As expected, every building has significance here. Every home a sign of rebuilding. But the post office, has more significance.

"There are a lot seniors in our town that rely on the post office to get their mail," said Crandill.

People come here daily to get their mail. And rely heavily on their services. But starting Saturday morning people in Volga won't be able to send and receive mail from the post office behind me. That's because at day end on Friday, services are suspended.

A week ago all residents received a letter from the post office. The post master of Volga's post office has been transferred to another office. The post office was unable to find a replacement. Therefore Volga's post office is temporarily closed. But mayor Crandill isn't happy about the decision and says it's just one more blow to the town that's already been through so much.

"Anytime that you loose a post office, no matter what the size of your town, you loose your identity," said Crandill.

A community meeting on march 15th will provide more answers. Still for those who call 57011 home, loosing their post office is putting this down underwater again. Volga isn't alone. In the past few years, post offices have closed in Bristow, Rowley and Washburn.

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