Tornadic winds render Stanley in Chippewa/Clark counties nearly inaccessible

Post Office can't open; mail patrons urged to make adjustments
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(Stanley Police Department Facebook page)

STANLEY, Wis. (WKBT) – The Stanley Post Office was closed Thursday because strong winds during storms Wednesday and early Thursday rendered the building and some other areas of the city inaccessible.

Stanley, which straddles Chippewa and Clark counties, suffered extensive damage, according to the city’s police department. It is about 30 miles northwest of Neillsville in an area where the National Weather Service confirmed an EF2 tornado during the storms.

Despite widespread devastation in the city of about 3,600 residents, no injuries were reported, according to the Stanley Police Department, which posted several photos of the damage on its Facebook page.

Several buildings were flattened as wind gusts reached 70 mph in the city, which also is about 35 miles northeast of Eau Claire, reports said.

Regarding mail, Stanley delivery operations are expected to resume Friday, according to a Post Office news release.

Postal officials urged residential and business customers throughout the area who have been displaced to either put their mail on hold or change their addresses temporarily, depending on their circumstances. Hold Mail and Change of Address forms can be accessed online.

Stanley customers whose mail is on hold may retrieve their mail when the building at 111 E. First Ave. is accessible, but no retail services will be available there until power is restored, officials said.

The Postal Service suggested that patrons who need retail services go to post offices in nearby cities and villages, including Thorp, Cadott, Lublin and Boyd.

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