By Mike Rush
Maplewood, MO (KSDK) - The United States Post Office lost $8.5 billion last year, and it could be even worse in 2011.
The struggles are, in part, the result of 43 billion fewer letters being mailed over the past five years.
Right now, the Postal Service is considering closing more than 250 mail processing facilities across the country.
Two weeks ago the Post Master General in St. Louis held a meeting for citizens about the post office on Marshall Avenue in Maplewood, and it was a packed house. Many people there feel the post office, which is in a historic building, is a vital part of the community.
It hasn't been decided if this post office will go, but if it does it's only a partial shutdown.
Delivery will go uninterrupted, but the lobby would not be open anymore for buying stamps or mailing packages.
Some members of the community say disabled people rely on the post office and would suffer if they had to go somewhere else.
A decision could come at the end of the year.