Post office becomes outpost after tornadoes

WASHINGTON (AP) — The post office in the central Illinois city of Washington is becoming a hub in the tornado-ravaged community as more than 1,400 people a day visit the facility to pick up their mail.

The (Peoria) Journal Star reports (http://bit.ly/1hy69h8 ) people are visiting the brick building because daily mail service has been cut off to many homes and businesses after the Nov. 17 storms. Instead, people visit the post office — sometimes daily — to pick up their mail.

Rebecca Brummitt is a local customer relations coordinator for the U.S. Post Service who normally works out of Peoria. Now she's working in Washington, helping residents of the community reroute their mail to temporary addresses.

She says some residents are grateful because "the mail was the only personal thing they had left."