Drone footage shows USPS worker delivering mail to ravaged California neighborhood

A U.S. Postal Service worker delivers mail to a burned out neighborhood in Santa Rosa, Calif. (Photo: Douglas Thron/YouTube)
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SANTA ROSA, Calif. (WTHR) — The images of a USPS worker delivering mail to a neighborhood devastated by the California wildfires may shock you.

According to the Mercury News, Professional drone pilot Douglas Thron posted a video on YouTube of a USPS mail truck making its rounds in a neighborhood that has been destroyed by California wildfires.

“I was shocked to see him because most of the roads were blocked-off, but he obviously had access," Thron told the paper.

Thron said he couldn't believe what he saw.

“I did a double take,” Thron told SFGATE. “I watched him go to a half dozen mailboxes … It was like I was seeing something he wasn’t seeing.”

San Francisco District Manager Noemi Luna told the Mercury News the mail truck was honoring the request of the neighborhood residents:

“This is an example of the long standing relationship that has been established between our carriers and their customers based on trust. The carrier in question was honoring a request by a few customers who were being let back in the fire zone to retrieve personal items. A few customers asked the carrier to leave their mail if the mailbox was still standing because they could not get to the annex to retrieve it.”

Wednesday, the Associated Press posted a photo of a Santa Rosa neighborhood that was hit by the wildfires, though while many homes were destroyed several neighboring houses stood seemingly untouched by the flames.

Burned out homes are seen next to homes that survived the flames of a massive wildfire in the Coffey Park area Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
Burned out homes are seen next to homes that survived the flames of a massive wildfire in the Coffey Park area Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017, in Santa Rosa, Calif. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
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That neighborhood can be seen here on a Google Maps image taken earlier this year:

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