Mold forces rural post office to close

Associated Press - March 30, 2009 9:44 AM ET

ROMBAUER, Mo. (AP) - The U.S. Postal Service is shutting down a rural southeast Missouri post office because of mold.

A facility specialist for the Postal Service inspected the Rombauer post office last month and determined it was unsafe for employees and customers.

Postmaster Shirley Dowd alerted supervisors to the potential problem.

Bonnie Chaffin, a Rombauer resident, says a rotten odor could be detected upon entering the building. She says many buildings in the small town have mold problems due to past flooding.

The Postal Service plans a community open house April 7 at the Rombauer General Baptist Church to discuss what happens next. More than three dozen Rombauer residents had post office boxes at the closed office.

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