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USPS: Benton Ridge closed because of raccoons

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The lights are off and the doors are locked at the post office in Benton Ridge.

"It just totally shocked me," Terry Putman, who lives across the street said.

One week ago, the United States Postal Service notified neighbors the location will close because of an apparent raccoon problem.  The USPS says it received reports the animals were in the office, ceiling and the walls.

"The owner of the property took care of the raccoon last year," Mayor Robert Crawford told 13abc.  "Apparently, one of the workers that was in there said a tile was missing."

The land lord of the building says there are no raccoons inside.  He says he humanely trapped one, last year and set it free.  But he still took some preventative measures, like laying 10 tons of rock around the building to keep the critters out.

Now the small community has to travel several miles, out of time, to the Findlay Post Office to pick up their mail.

"Many of us aren't going to do that everyday," local resident, Marvin Kennedy says.

Mayor Crawford says he's trying to get the situation sorted out.  He hopes the postal service and Benton Ridge can meet in the middle and find a solution that will work for everyone.

The USPS says it plans to meet with the community in the next couple of weeks to answer any questions.  However an official date hasn't been set.

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