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Still no mail box services on Tortola 7 months later

Post Office staff must endure working under stressful conditions following the hurricanes of September 2017 where all mails are sent to the main post office in Road Town. Photo: Team of Reporters
One resident told our newsroom that the air condition in the Road Town post office has not been working since about two weeks ago. Photo: Team of Reporters
One resident told our newsroom that the air condition in the Road Town post office has not been working since about two weeks ago. Photo: Team of Reporters
Owners of mailboxes on Tortola must journey to Road Town at the main post office building in order to collect their mail. Photo: VINO/File
Owners of mailboxes on Tortola must journey to Road Town at the main post office building in order to collect their mail. Photo: VINO/File
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - Some seven months after Hurricanes Irma and Maria destroyed the Virgin Islands (VI) with its powerful category 5 winds and rain, things are still not back to normal with some government operations and services.

One such area is delivery of mails to residents mailboxes on Tortola. Luckily, residents on the sister islands of Virgin Gorda (VG), Jost van Dyke (Jvd) and Anegada can collect their mails the normal ways through either the district office, in the case of Jvd and Anegada and on VG via mailboxes and at the Valley post office.

But on Tortola residents with post office boxes must go to the main post office in Road Town on the James Walter Francis Drive next to the Department of Youth Affairs and Sports building to stand in long lines, present an identification and give a mailbox number to the attendant in order to obtain mails and small packages.

No mailbox service on Tortola

One lady who gave us her first name as ‘Susan’ from East End on Tortola, whose mailbox is down at the old post office building on Main Street said in an invited comment that "it’s about time government address this simple matter." She further added, "I am also concerned that I was at the post office two weeks ago and the air condition (AC) was not working and just today, [April 17, 2018] I returned and the conditions are the same."

Tight-lipped 

The Ministry of Finance is responsible for the postal services in the Territory and Financial Secretary, Glenroy A. Forbes did not immediately respond to our queries via text, as to a time frame for boxes to be back in service. 

In the meantime, both residents and post office staff must endure the long lines, lack of a working AC at the Road Town Post Office and no one to answer questions on the time frame for restoration of the services.

See link to story previously published: 

http://www.virginislandsnewsonline.com/en/news/damaged-tortola-mailboxes-after-irma-maria-means-long-lines-for-mails

12 Responses to “Still no mail box services on Tortola 7 months later”

  • jack (17/04/2018, 16:22) Like (15) Dislike (2) Reply

    And the premier say we are back on our feet smh

  • SIS (17/04/2018, 17:32) Like (5) Dislike (0) Reply
    Wow
  • vote them out (17/04/2018, 17:39) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    typical NDP
  • jack (17/04/2018, 17:40) Like (2) Dislike (1) Reply
    Ndp must go
  • west (17/04/2018, 18:09) Like (5) Dislike (4) Reply
    now that its on the news they will do something now set of loosers
    • Reply (17/04/2018, 19:15) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
      is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.
  • Sue (17/04/2018, 19:33) Like (1) Dislike (9) Reply
    Post office is blessed all you keep on talking a set a fools out there
  • Mailman (17/04/2018, 20:05) Like (9) Dislike (1) Reply
    YES, it is very frustating waiting in line for a long time, but more than feeling sorry for me I feel sorry for the staff at the post office. Imagine in their storage in the back they have the contents of hundreds of boxes. I understand they are buying hundreds or may be thousands of new boxes. There are so many boxes still intact. Why can't they be cleaned up and at least use those. That would ease so much of the staff..... and the customers.
    • Really? (18/04/2018, 10:37) Like (1) Dislike (3) Reply
      Did you inspect the boxes to know if they are still intact? Looks can be deceving. Besides, i am sure the majority of the population cannot find their keys after Irma.
  • JACK BE STILL (18/04/2018, 11:55) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    THEY DO NOT CARE ABOUT THE LITTLE CIVIL SERVANTS
  • Interested (18/04/2018, 12:31) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Where is the post master General in all this .Nit a word from her !
  • small island (18/04/2018, 13:10) Like (1) Dislike (2) Reply
    The staff at the RT post office are to be commended. They keep a cheerful attitude and are diligently maintaining privacy and security of the indivual boxes.


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