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By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The ice storm in Atlanta has essentially shut down Albany's airport for two days, and it could be several more days before service restarts.

No flights have come in or out of the Southwest Georgia Regional Airport since Sunday afternoon. All flights go through Atlanta. and the ice storm there forced the cancellation of most flights for several days. 

"It is the world's busiest," said S.W. Georgia Regional Airport Deputy Director Kenneth Johnson. "And you are talking about two days already behind. Flights trying to catch up, because it's going to take days before they can catch up."

Johnson said it could be Friday before air service resumes in Albany.

They say don't call them, you should call Delta for the latest information. Their phone number is 1-800-221-1212. Atlanta's ice storm is also impacting the Albany post office which distributes most of the mail to post offices throughout South Georgia.

Almost all of the mail to Albany comes through Atlanta and Macon, so the ice storm to the north has slowed the progress of the mail coming from here. 

"It's moving. It's starting to move again," 

said U.S.P.S. Albany maintenance supervisor Larry Holton. "Still have some problems in Atlanta itself. But we got transportation back on line with Macon."

Monday's winter storm knocked out power to Albany's post office distribution center, but they brought in generators and emergency lights and got all the mail sorted and sent on its way only one hour late.


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