Postman delivers mail to razed California homes in apocalyptic drone video

Lester Mason
October 13, 2017

It's like a scene out of an apocalyptic movie.

In a devastated neighbourhood in Santa Rosa, a professional drone cinematographer caught this astonishing footage of one mail carrier's surreal shift.

Amid the devastation in Santa Rosa, the US Postal Service worker pulls up to a kerbside.He pops the letter in a mailbox in front of a home that's no longer standing.The industrious mailman pulls away as California continues to choke on the blazing on smoky winds.

Drone photographer Douglas Thron said he was filming the destruction in Santa Rosa, California, when he noticed a postal truck driving past charred vehicles and houses that were burned to the ground. "I was shocked to see him because most of the roads were blocked-off, but he obviously had access".

But just as "neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds", it looks like wildfires can't stop the mail either. According to the San Jose Mercury News, some residents contacted the local post office and asked for mail to be left at their properties if their mailboxes were still standing so they could retrieve the items whenever they're let back in by fire crews. "I'd see areas that were totally fine, but then get to Fountaingrove Inn and The Hilton and see them wiped-out", he told the newspaper.

Large swathes of the city were wiped out amid the deadliest series of wildfires seen in California, which has claimed at least 31 lives and destroyed 3,500 homes.

Postal Service San Francisco District Manager Noemi Luna said in a statement that the work of the postal worker "is an example of the longstanding relationship that has been established between our carriers and their customers based on trust". 100 to 200 people remain among those reported missing in Sonoma County and elsewhere, and the death toll in the combined Sonoma and Napa fires appears certain to top the 25-person toll of the 1991 Oakland Hills firestorm.

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