Chemical spill at a USPS center in Coppell has delayed mail in Grayson County

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SHERMAN, Tex. (KXII)- "You just don't know how much you rely on the mail until you don't have it or you can't mail it," said Lisa Whitley, who works for a contracting company in Sherman.

According to the United States Postal Service, about four gallons of mercury spilled from a mailed package inside their north Texas distribution center on Tuesday, causing the building to close temporarily.

Dallas media reports a spokesman for the U.S. Postal Service did not specify why the mercury was at the center.

Sorting was moved to other facilities, and four different north Texas ZIP codes have been effected, including 750, which covers all of Grayson County.

""I'm not able to get all my payments, payments aren't going out. I've just had to call the people that mail has just stopped," said Whitley.

Whitley says she goes to the post office every day they're open to pick up payments, bills and other paperwork.

She says she has not received any mail this week.

"It's very crippling when all your stuff has to go out every day. I receive as much as I put out so that was very hard for me and my business," said Whitley.

The USPS says all of the mail currently in the contaminated facility is safe and secure, it just may take a while to get it out to its destinations.

A representative from the United States Postal Service tells us they do not know when the distribution center will reopen, but for now mail has been sent to different processing facilities in the area.

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