Busy Day At The Post Office

If you had to wait in long lines at the post office on Monday, you weren't alone. Monday was the busiest day of the year for mailing letters and packages.

Postal officials were expecting to handle between 750 and 800 million pieces of mail on Monday alone.

Most of the rush was shipping packages. After a weekend of shopping, a lot of people headed to their nearest post office to send gifts to family and friends.

"Our deadline dates sneak up on you," said Omaha Postmaster, Keith Reid. "So this Monday everyone got their shopping, their packages done over the weekend and wanted to get them in today. After the next couple days, then you're having to pay more of a premium to have them delivered."

Packages sent First Class by Thursday will still be delivered before Christmas. After that, Priority Mail, and then Express Mail will be the only options to get delivery by the 24th.

Don Busch has family spread around the country and was shipping some of his packages at Omaha's main post office Monday morning.

"This one is going to New Mexico," said Busch. "I'll go home and pack some more. And it will go to Colorado Springs. I'll go home and pack some more, and it will go out to northern Nebraska."

Barbara Fast stopped in to send treats to her oldest son and his family.

"They just moved out to Tennessee in July," Fast said. "So momma wanted to make sure they got something good to eat."

If you are expecting packages to be delivered to your house make sure you have a place for the mail carrier to put them that is out of sight and out of the weather, such as inside a screen door or an enclosed porch.

If your home doesn't have that, you might want to consider some sort of drop box or container placed somewhere around the outside of the house where packages can be placed. Just discuss it with your mail carrier first.

If the mail carrier is unable to find a safe place to put the package, he or she will leave a notification slip that must be taken to the post office for pickup.

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