United States Postal Service

An unknown odor noticed Thursday morning in the Moline Post Office caused the building at 514 17th St. to close its doors to the public and temporarily suspend services, a spokeswoman for the agency confirmed.

“Until we’re able to determine the source of that (odor), it’s hard to guess when services will be restored,” said Stacy St. John, communication specialist for the United States Postal Service in Kansas City. 

She could not describe the stench that raised the air quality concerns.

In the meantime, operations have been relocated to two other USPS locations in the Illinois Quad-Cities.

Post Office Box and Caller Service customers can retrieve their mail at the East Moline Post Office, 805 16th Ave. Customers who receive a notification from their carrier to pick up a package or held mail can go to the Milan Post Office at 111 3rd St.

Customers will be notified when the Moline Post Office resumes normal operations.

For more information about postal products and services, customers can call 1-800-275-8777, or visit the Postal Service online at www.usps.com.

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Jack Cullen is a reporter uncovering offbeat stories about people and places in the Quad-City area.