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Wallula post office proposed to close

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WALLULA, Wash. -- In an attempt to cut costs and save expenses, the U.S. Postal Service is considering the possibility of closing down the Wallula Post Office.

A meeting at Wallula school started at five Wednesday night. The meeting and surveys are part of a plan from the postal service to hear from people about what impact closing down the building would mean for them.

The postal service says the building's age, and a decline in workload and revenue are some of the reasons why the Wallula Post Office could close.

But some people say it's more than just a post office. "I think it'd be a catastrophe. That town depends on that post office. It's not only where we get our mail, it's also a community center where information is passed," says town resident Jay Wipple.

Inside the proposal, if the Wallula Post Office is closed, mail service will operate out of Touchet which is 12 miles away.

In addition to talks about the Wallula Post Office closing, fears about the Burbank location have come up as well. We talked to the postmaster who says so far that's simply a rumor.

The postal service could not give details as to how long it would take for a final decision to be made.