Chemical spill at sorting facility delays mail deliveries in N. Texas

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COPPELL, Tex. (KXII) - If you're expecting a package or letter in the mail this week, you may have to wait awhile.

According to the Dallas Morning News, a chemical spill has shut down a United States Postal Service distribution center in Coppell, Texas.

About four gallons of mercury spilled at the facility Tuesday.

Hazmat teams quickly contained the spill, but the center has been closed since then and sorting has been moved to other facilities.

No injuries have been reported, but the postal service says some packages may take longer to deliver.

Here's what USPS has posted on its website about the incident and areas impacted:

North Texas P&DC, 951 W Bethel Rd., Coppell TX 75099 — Temporarily closed due to a chemical spill. Customers in the following areas may experience temporary impacts to their mail service due to temporary suspension of operations: North Texas ZIP Code areas 750, 751, 753, and 754 (Coppell, Lewisville, Plano, Frisco, Flower Mound, Tyler, and the surrounding areas).


Due to a chemical spill, BME acceptance and drop shipment services have been temporarily suspended at the following Processing Facility until Friday, August 10, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. CST.

North Texas P&DC, 951 W Bethel Rd, Coppell TX 75099
All Marketing & Periodical Mail Classes have been embargoed with no redirects. All Commercial First-Class Mail Drop Shipments will be redirected to the following facility.

Southern Area STC, 1717 W Airfield Dr. Ste. A, Dallas TX 75261