Drone Video Shows Postal Worker Delivering Mail in Neighborhood Ravaged by Wildfire

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  1. Megalith

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    A video posted to YouTube by professional drone pilot and photographer Douglas Thron shows a United States Postal Service mail truck making deliveries in Santa Rosa’s fire-ravaged Coffey Park neighborhood. “It was a trippy thing — he was actually delivering the mail,” he said.

    The video shows an ever-familiar USPS mail truck driving past burned vehicles. The mail carrier can be seen placing deliveries in mailboxes amid ash and rubble where homes once stood. Thron says he does work for Discovery Channel, Good Morning America and Today Show and after witnessing the damage caused by the firestorm he remarked, “I’ve covered wildfires and floods before and I’ve never seen anything like it. I’d see areas that were totally fine, but then get to Fountaingrove Inn and The Hilton and see them wiped-out. It was unbelievable.”
     
  2. westrock2000

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    "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds"

    It's not just a motto. Live by the letter, die by the letter.
     
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    Man I cant even get my guy to deliver boxes to my carport when its raining
     
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    Shouldn't they be holding the mail at the post office?
     
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    I was wondering why the hell he was delivering mail but the article explained someone asked to leave it there. Glad they could do that.
     
  6. Mut1ny

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    My postman can barely deliver my packages.
     
  7. Creig

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    Only if the homeowner requests it.
     
  8. 1_rick

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    Gotta keep shoveling that junk mail, it's what keeps the post office running.
     
  9. Gasaraki_

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    People don't know that the US postal service is probably one of the most reliable service you can get. While everything is down in Puerto Rico right now, (no electricity, water, etc) the postal service is 100% working and delivering mail. They are the only form of communication right now for millions of people in Puerto Rico.
     
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    that's like putting gas in a car you already wrecked.

    i wonder if people visit their craters?
     
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    It's up to the homeowner to request their mail be held at the post office. No issue here.
     
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    I dont want to start the world on fire....... I just want to start a flame in your heart .
     
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    is it just me or does that video look fake? It really looks like something someone would create with a fallout editor. Still, it really really sucks to lose all your stuff like that.
     
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    Looks like north korea nuked the place.

    I'd be crying like a baby if it were my house. Fire insurance doesn't always cover everything.
     
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  17. westrock2000

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    Look at the view though!
     
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    I was thinking that looks like something right out of Fallout, then at 0:48 you get the surrealism of the fire devastation in the foreground and the perfectly intact houses on the other side of the street. Incredible!
     
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    makes sense and, by law, they have to deliver that mail. I would think folks will occasionally come back to their burnt land and get their mail.
    Some folks are getting very good at aerial cinema.
    Watching that video, one can get a sense of what it will look like if Kim lobs some nukes on the US
     
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    Great example of life being stranger than fiction.
     
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    Its called cleaning out the trash ;). I dont think this pic is from the fire. I dont see any burn marks or ash.
     
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    And this is why we need drones.
     
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    Yep looks like tornado damage.
     
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    Another good reason to have off site backup. :)
     
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    Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds... nor, apparently, a lack of standing structures.
     
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    Correct, it is not. But the devastation is the same. That is the purpose of the post
     
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    Maybe it wouldve been better to use an actual picture from the fire then:

    [​IMG]
     
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    Not the same spot and angle
     
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    But yet still more accurate given that its the right event.
     
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    Its true, but honesly unless it a business thing, I don't think I would be thinking too much about data loss when my home is a pile of ashes...
     
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    Looked like something out of a movie. Holy crap
     
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    Damn. Say what you want about USPS, but they got their shit together.
     
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    It's nuts how you have one side of the street utterly devastated while the other appears completely untouched.

    I would still imagine the smoke damage will require a good number of those homes to be gutted though.
     
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    I am typing this froma friends house after evacuating my house not far from the area shown.

    The fire got within a block of my house, and it is sheer luck it stopped. The 50mph winds made fighting impossible.

    We may be able to return soon, making me one of the very lucky people in the city.

    This fire, and the other 3 like it in the region, is an asshole.
     
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