Eerie Video of USPS Delivering Mail to Coffey Park

Video by Douglas Thron


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  1. jenner ninemires

    OMG!!!!

    My friend called me about this video being broadcast on Channel 2 yesterday October 13. I can not believe that this was allowed by the Postal Service!!!!! First of all this is an area closed off to the public and It will be closed off to the public for weeks if not months. What is a Postal Worker doing delivering mail to postboxes of homes that are completely burned to the ground? Now if a thief sees this video he can just sneak into this area and steal the mail. Second, and far more important, what is the Postmaster or Post Mistress doing sending a Postal Worker into this unsafe area in a taxpayer vehicle without a protective mask and suit just because some of the homeowners wanted the Postal Service to deliver mail to any homes with a mailbox still standing???? I suspect that they wanted to see if their home was still standing by using a Drone. I thought Drones were not allowed to be used except by proper authorization and for purposes that will help with the fire effort. The Postmaster or Mistress that authorized this needs to be fired and jailed. They sent a Postal Worker into an unsafe and toxic environment for an insane reason so a few homeowners could view this area. Or was it a commercial for the Postal Department, who is known to deliver the mail no matter what the circumstances. . Either way it is not OK. Do the homeowners or Postal Service who requested this service even think about the Postal Worker health? These workers are not Firefighters. And what in the world were the Postal authorities who allowed this to be done and broadcast thinking???? I as a taxpayer do not want my taxes used in this way. These people do not have to do this to get their mail!!! The Postal Service has provided them a way to get their mail at a local facility. Do the homeowners who requested this service even think about the health of the Postal worker who is driving through these areas for no reason. No, and this is possibly why this fire came to this area as a wake up call to all to reevaluate your selfish ways and self centered values.

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  2. Terri Paulsen

    Have you verified the validity of this video? First of all there is no Postal Service to evacuation areas. Secondly no one is allowed into an evacuation area and cannot pick up their mail anyway. Also drones are strictly forbidden. If this video is real I would like to hear a statement from Sheriff Rob Giordano since he is the one giving the Press briefings. Please verify the validity of this video

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    1. Julie

      Yes there is mail being delivered to evacuated areas, I’m in evacuated area, returned to my home, greeted my mail carrier delivering my mail.

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      1. Terri Paulsen

        Since when is the Sheriff allowing people into evacuated areas?! I’m watching the press briefings three times a day, AND I’ve called the department to verify that Coffee Park is STILL an evacuation area. Call the number yourself if you don’t believe me. 707-543-4511. You are obviously not in the Coffee Park area, which is where this “video” was filmed.

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    2. jenner ninemires

      Yes this did happen. Call channel 2 as they broadcast it. KSRO radio station has also verified that it went out over the air. I am now trying to get a hold of the Postal Department or Police Department that authorized such an insane idea. And yes some of the homeowners requested the post office to deliver the mail to their totally burnt down homes if their mailboxes were still standing. Why in the world would they do that seeing as how they are not allowed to go into these areas anytime soon. And why would the homeowners request this when they were given the option to just go to a safe local postal facility to pick up their mail? And who authorized the use of a Drone to video this misadventure and my biggest gripe was putting that Postal Workers health and van in harms way for no reason….Does anyone feel as outraged as I do about this, or know more facts then I’ve given???? JenI

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      1. Terri Paulsen

        FYI, Channel 2 also reported initially that Kaiser Hospital burned down to the ground, and that’s NOT TRUE! The coverage by the TV stations is old, re-cycled, inaccurate and full of misinformation. I’m aware that the TV stations are showing this video, they are looking for ratings and views. Period.

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    3. Gene

      I first thought there is no Postal Service to evacuation areas. Yet, I know that mail was delivered on Wednesday to my relative’s NE Santa Rosa address, inside the mandatory evacuation zone. My relative’s landlord picked up the mail from the house. The house is still standing, but it is within 1/2 mile of the burned out Fountaingrove Pkwy area. I would appreciate if the Santa Rosa Police Department have a discussion with the Santa Rosa postmaster.

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  3. Terri Paulsen

    Furthermore, if you bother to read the words that are flashing across the screen you’ll see that all their figures are completely inaccurate. Spreading more misinformation

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    1. Terri Paulsen

      Sorry this is a different version. The version I saw yesterday had printed words moving across the screen and most of that information was inaccurate

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  4. Deann Floyd

    Pat Kerrigan is glorifying this drone footage. Shame on KSRO for doing this. This drone operator, Douglas Thron, states on his website he is an FAA certified amphibious pilot. You have to be licensed as an FAA Remote Pilot in Command in order to fly a drone commercially. There are specific rules not to enter a disaster area with a drone AND KSRO and the police/sheriff/fire stated NOT to fly drones because it would prevent emergency responders from assisting. A drone in the air is dangerous when the air drops are occurring. Was there a TFR (temporary flight restriction) in effect at the time of his flight? If so, his flight was done illegally.

    If Douglas Thron sold this video footage, he should get his FAA license, pilot or drone, taken away. The police should look into this at some point and arrest him for interfering in a disasterous event.

    Other drone owners will now see this footage and think….because he was there, I will put my drone up and get some footage. This would be disasterous until those areas are cleared. Drone footage could possibly capture images of the deceased which would be devastating for family members to see. Anybody can get a drone, even a propspective looter to survey areas to loot and chose his/her ingress/egress routes.

    As far as has been reported, the only authorized drone activity was to be performed by the National Guard.

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    1. Deann Floyd

      Posting on the FAA website:

      Drone Users
      The FAA warns unauthorized drone operators that they may be subject to significant fines if they interfere with emergency response operations. Flying a drone without authorization in or near the disaster area may violate federal, state, or local laws and ordinances, even if a Temporary Flight Restriction (TFR) is not in place. Allow first responders to save lives and property without interference.

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    2. jenner ninemires

      Thank you for your comments. You are obviously on the same page as me..outraged…..Mine though is for the use of our Postal Service to needlessly put a postal workers’ life in an unsafe environment for no reason delivering mail to an area that has not been cleared to do so. Also this thought…. If that Postal Worker is cleared to be there why not all the homeowners too???? That Postal Employee is not a professional disaster worker!!!!

      Also using Drones is far safer then sneaking into these devastated areas because the homeowners are so starved for information that they will do that (I’ve recently met a fellow that did just that up at Fountain Grove). If using these Drones won’t interfere with any other firefighting activities and is authorized by the powers that be, a Drone can be the safest way for homeowners to see if their homes are still standing until they are allowed back in. They can then start to plan out their next moves instead of being left in the dark not knowing what to expect. Uncertainty causes all kinds of stress and we certainly do not need any more then is already here. I say, use the Drones all you want if it can be done safely under proper authority by licensed operators. It looks like that is already being done now as there are block by block Drone videos and photos of neighborhoods with grids to show exactly where and what home the Drone is looking at. Let the Drones go into these neighborhoods now to lessen the anxiety level. Though as the other comment suggested the Drone may see something that is far worse than a burnt down home.

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  5. Kari

    Seriously? I don’t see anything wrong with it. Gosh, everyone is so angry, this is just to lighten things up a bit. We are in a very dark place right now.

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  6. D. Shaw

    I understand not letting people back into the badly burned neighborhoods, but WHY are they keeping these residences from the nearby neighborhoods that were unaffected, such as the Banyan St. and Dogwood St. areas in lockdown?? There are people that are literally stuck in their homes. They are there because there’s been multiple problems with looters and they are staying to protect their home and belongings. It is like they are being punished for doing this. Supplies are allowed to be brought in by people with ID for these areas, but they are not allowed to stay with their family members. No one will give any answers as to why these good neighborhoods are basically in lockdown, nor when this will be lifted so that other people can come back to their homes and the people there can leave.
    It is equally frustrating because they will allow postal service into the badly burned areas, but not into these good areas where people are literally stuck in their homes. This is a fact! It is completely ridiculous and absurd to treat these people like they are criminals just because they want to protect their homes! The streets are being patrolled, but not the creek behind the homes were the looters are free to come and go. The residents that are stuck protecting their homes are sinking further into depression and the morale is horrible. It is not fair for these people to have to live like this and be treated like this during this time of crisis. How can these innocent residents can get answers as to how long they will be kept in basically “house arrest”?? Can KSRO help them get any answers???.

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