For two and a half months, residents picked up their packages from the post office in Gordonville four and a half miles away, where all Dutchtown mail was rerouted until the flood repairs could be completed, said Mindy Lemons, postmaster at Dutchtown.
Residents are excited to have their own post office up and running, Lemons said.
"The town's thrilled to have us back," she said.
About 40 people gathered in the parking lot of the post office Monday morning for the re-opening. They celebrated with an enormous vanilla sheet cake emblazoned with the United States Postal Service logo.
Lemons said she's happy to be working in Dutchtown again. During the closure, she had an hour commute to the post office in Gipsy, Mo.
Having the post office back in Dutchtown is much more convenient than driving to Gordonville, said Shirley Moss of Dutchtown.
"It means the town is still a town," Smith said.
The building that houses the post office suffered significant damage from over a foot of water that made its way inside during the flood. Drywall, flooring and insulation in the building all had to be replaced, Smith said.
The flood, which led residents to consider a buyout after 11 inches of rain in mid-March flooded the Diversion Channel, has been hard on everyone, 14-year Dutchtown resident Angie Crutsinger said.
"I'd almost say it's worse than a fire or a tornado, because you actually have to go through your stuff and throw everything away, whereas with a fire, it's just gone," she said.
A funding package to finance the estimated $3 million levee that would provide the residents of Dutchtown with permanent protection from flooding of the four streams the Diversion Channel collects is in the works.
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