America’s Smallest Post Office Survives Hurricane Irma
61-square-feet of strength.
She huffed and she certainly puffed, but Hurricane Irma was no match for the Ochopee Post Office.
At just 61-square-feet, the tiny post office in Ochopee, Florida, is the smallest in the country, yet it survived one of the strongest hurricanes ever recorded without a scratch. "It lost power temporarily and that was it," Enola Rice, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Service, told USA Today.
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Located at 38000 Tamiami Trail East, Ochopee Post Office is located just outside Everglades National Park, has a single 131-mile mail route that serves more than 900 residents in three counties — Monroe, Miami-Dade and Collier — as well as the Miccosukee Indian Reservation.
Like most of her neighbors, Shannon Mitchell, the post office clerk who runs the operation out of the broom-closet-sized building, lost everything to Irma—everything except USPS site 1842US.