TYBEE ISLAND, Ga – After waiting for more than a month, Tybee Islanders can finally stop waiting in hour long lines to pick up their mail.
The Tybee post office officially reopened to residents Wednesday. Officials had closed the office for repairs from Hurricane Matthew.
This forced Tybee residents to travel the island next door to the Wilmington post office to get their mail.
Residents stood in a line for more than an hour waiting to get bills, ads and packages.
However, help from Congressman Buddy Carter they were able to get the ball rolling on reopening the damaged office.
Officials say he told the higher ups the issue for islanders working to get their items. Since then, the office has been fixed to make it easier for those living on Tybee to send and receive their mail.
Something residents and the postmasters are relieved to have.
“They were wonderful throughout this process,” Jason Buelterman, Tybee’s mayor, said. “They had to work in difficult conditions in dealing with difficult people understandably. I also want to thank our Congressman Buddy Carter for making sure this happened. He was able to use his influences as out Congressman at the federal level to make sure that we got into that facility as soon as possible.”
There was a mobile unit brought in to help distribute mail to make those lines a little less longer, but those who have a P.O. Box still had to drive to Wilmington to pick of their mail.
Some islanders News 3’s Devin Negrete spoke to say they are thrilled to finally have their own office back.