Long Beach's post office reopens Monday, a move heralded by local leaders as a sign that normalcy is returning to the hard-hit city.
The building, on East Park Avenue, endured flooding and wind during superstorm Sandy that caused electrical and structural damage. It has been closed since, although limited deliveries resumed on Oct. 31, two days after the storm.
The office will reopen with limited retail functions Monday at 9 a.m. and remain open until 5:30 p.m. every weekday this week, post office officials said. The office will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, officials said.
"What a tough time," said Maureen Marion, a spokeswoman for the postal service. "We appreciate everyone being patient."
The post office will have full boxholder service for residents with post office boxes, officials said. The office requests that residents who have evacuated or relocated submit a change-of-address form or a temporary hold on their mail, officials said.
The office's reopening is a crucial part of the city's recovery, said City Manager Jack Schnirman.
"This is another solid step towards normalcy for Long Beach residents -- the lights are on, water's flowing, trains are running, and now the post office is open," he said.
The post office will continue to deliver mail where carriers can find safe passage, officials said. Residents who live in an area where mail cannot be delivered can pick their mail up at the Long Beach post office during business hours, officials said.