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In face of deluge, mailman completes route, maintains mail sanctity

A photo that showed a U.S. Postal Service truck partially submerged in flood waters near a viaduct on Broadway in Buffalo on Thursday prompted comments and quips from Buffalo News readers. The photo also showed a second vehicle in the water from which Buffalo firefighters rescued three people.

"I guess weather can stop the mail from being delivered afterall," wrote one woman. "Yeah that looks ugly. Hope the carrier got out of that ok," a second reader commented.

It turns out the letter carrier is just fine.

The carrier, who wants to remain anonymous, called his boss when the truck got stuck. He exited the vehicle on his own.

The letters he was delivering were not damaged, said Karen Mazurkiewicz, a spokeswoman for the USPS. "A couple of parcels got damp."

And the postal worker? He went back to work in another vehicle.

"He finished the rest of his route," Mazurkiewicz said.

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