Area Post Office May be Closing

The post office in Waka, Texas, in Ochiltree County, has been open for more than a century, but this week a sign announcing the office's closure was posted this weekend.
WAKA, TX (MyHighPlains.com) -- An area post office is closing its doors for good.

The post office in Waka, Texas, in Ochiltree County, has been open for more than a century, but this week a sign announcing the office's closure was posted this weekend.

It looks like just an 8x10 piece of paper, but it has a lot to say: "This contract unit will be closed effective March 29th."

In small print at the bottom, the note lists two other post offices that will be handling Waka's mail once the office closes, one in Farnsworth, Texas, and the other in Perryton.

Neither the Farnsworth office nor the Perryton office would comment on the closure when contacted. State officials in Lubbock and Austin weren't familiar with the situation, but were gathering information.

We caught up with a Waka resident who says he's been using that post office his entire life, and wants answers. Michael Ladd wants to know where he can expect to receive his mail after the closure.

"I asked where we go on Monday to get our mail," Ladd said. "What happens Monday to our mail, they had no idea and nothing to provide for us. When you lose your post office, you have no more identity as a community. I mean, that's it."

Ladd says if the post office closes there will be no postal workers delivering mail in the city. That means Waka residents will have no way to get their mail, other than driving to other post offices to pick it up.

Ladd says because the post office is losing so much money, he understands the risk that means small town offices could close, but he says he expected more than a five day notice.

The post office in Waka has been operating since 1901.
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