Postie Tracey wades through flood water to deliver mail

Tracy Coble

Tracy Coble

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A POSTWOMAN refused to allow the floods to stop the mail getting through – so she waded through the water to complete her rounds.

On seeing floodwater reach a foot deep in parts of Canvey, Tracey Coble, 41, of Shell Beach Road, left, decided she would still deliver.

Mrs Coble, a postie for 14 years, said: “I went round my sister’s and borrowed her flip-flops, then went out to do my job.

“My manager told me ‘if you can’t get down there, you can’t get down there’, but people deserve the service. I wasn’t doing it for Royal Mail’s sake. People have gone through enough stress. They don’t want to be even more isolated.

“For some of them, it was the second time it had happened. The Government needs to sort Canvey out.

“People are just by themselves. We’ve been helping neighbours, as they can’t do it themselves.”

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2:48pm Thu 24 Jul 14

The Stinker Returns says...

Well let's just hope that when the post lands through the letterbox that it doesn't float off down the hallway!
Well let's just hope that when the post lands through the letterbox that it doesn't float off down the hallway! The Stinker Returns
  • Score: 7

3:03pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Purplepaulajane says...

Whatever happened to postie's wearing a uniform ?
Whatever happened to postie's wearing a uniform ? Purplepaulajane
  • Score: 7

3:32pm Thu 24 Jul 14

supermadmax says...

"I wasn’t doing it for Royal Mail’s sake"

Not a very nice way to speak of an organisation that has employed you for 14 years is it ?
"I wasn’t doing it for Royal Mail’s sake" Not a very nice way to speak of an organisation that has employed you for 14 years is it ? supermadmax
  • Score: 2

4:13pm Thu 24 Jul 14

John Right says...

14 years doing this mundane job, and she doesn't wear a uniform ?
14 years doing this mundane job, and she doesn't wear a uniform ? John Right
  • Score: 3

4:36pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Howard Cháse says...

Well done that Postie!

:-)
Well done that Postie! :-) Howard Cháse
  • Score: 4

5:47pm Thu 24 Jul 14

ORACUS says...

Her employer shouldn’t be letting her put her health at risk by wading through contaminated water.
Her employer shouldn’t be letting her put her health at risk by wading through contaminated water. ORACUS
  • Score: 3

8:55pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Blind Haze says...

You can tell Royal Mail's been privatised. They'd have probably gone on strike if anyone were working in these conditions 12 months ago.
You can tell Royal Mail's been privatised. They'd have probably gone on strike if anyone were working in these conditions 12 months ago. Blind Haze
  • Score: 3

11:26pm Thu 24 Jul 14

VeteranOfMany says...

John Right wrote:
14 years doing this mundane job, and she doesn't wear a uniform ?
Makes it easier to steal the mail...
[quote][p][bold]John Right[/bold] wrote: 14 years doing this mundane job, and she doesn't wear a uniform ?[/p][/quote]Makes it easier to steal the mail... VeteranOfMany
  • Score: 1

11:44am Fri 25 Jul 14

Kim Gandy says...

I can't believe you lot banging on about uniform. Under the circumstances should she be wearing trousers and flat lace ups and socks then, to wade through water.

She is appropriately dressed for wading in shallow water, in flip flops (wellies would have been pointless) and what looks like shorts or a short dress.

She got the job done did she not? So what?

And as for her commenting she wasn't doing it for the Royal Mail, she was merely stating she was doing it for the people of her area. A noble sentiment. Good for her.

Talk about nitpicking and pointless commentary.

The story is about someone who went beyond the normal call of duty to deliver a service.

I should have thought in this day and age that that would be something to be admired and complimented, not knocked.

I love how people on this website are so ready to slag off others and criticise their efforts, yet probably have never ever done any of the things being written about, themselves.

For Heaven's sake....
I can't believe you lot banging on about uniform. Under the circumstances should she be wearing trousers and flat lace ups and socks then, to wade through water. She is appropriately dressed for wading in shallow water, in flip flops (wellies would have been pointless) and what looks like shorts or a short dress. She got the job done did she not? So what? And as for her commenting she wasn't doing it for the Royal Mail, she was merely stating she was doing it for the people of her area. A noble sentiment. Good for her. Talk about nitpicking and pointless commentary. The story is about someone who went beyond the normal call of duty to deliver a service. I should have thought in this day and age that that would be something to be admired and complimented, not knocked. I love how people on this website are so ready to slag off others and criticise their efforts, yet probably have never ever done any of the things being written about, themselves. For Heaven's sake.... Kim Gandy
  • Score: -3

4:38pm Fri 25 Jul 14

ORACUS says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
I can't believe you lot banging on about uniform. Under the circumstances should she be wearing trousers and flat lace ups and socks then, to wade through water.

She is appropriately dressed for wading in shallow water, in flip flops (wellies would have been pointless) and what looks like shorts or a short dress.

She got the job done did she not? So what?

And as for her commenting she wasn't doing it for the Royal Mail, she was merely stating she was doing it for the people of her area. A noble sentiment. Good for her.

Talk about nitpicking and pointless commentary.

The story is about someone who went beyond the normal call of duty to deliver a service.

I should have thought in this day and age that that would be something to be admired and complimented, not knocked.

I love how people on this website are so ready to slag off others and criticise their efforts, yet probably have never ever done any of the things being written about, themselves.

For Heaven's sake....
She is inappropriately dressed for wading in raw sewerage, in flip flops (wellies would have been vital) and what looks like shorts or a short dress.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: I can't believe you lot banging on about uniform. Under the circumstances should she be wearing trousers and flat lace ups and socks then, to wade through water. She is appropriately dressed for wading in shallow water, in flip flops (wellies would have been pointless) and what looks like shorts or a short dress. She got the job done did she not? So what? And as for her commenting she wasn't doing it for the Royal Mail, she was merely stating she was doing it for the people of her area. A noble sentiment. Good for her. Talk about nitpicking and pointless commentary. The story is about someone who went beyond the normal call of duty to deliver a service. I should have thought in this day and age that that would be something to be admired and complimented, not knocked. I love how people on this website are so ready to slag off others and criticise their efforts, yet probably have never ever done any of the things being written about, themselves. For Heaven's sake....[/p][/quote]She is inappropriately dressed for wading in raw sewerage, in flip flops (wellies would have been vital) and what looks like shorts or a short dress. ORACUS
  • Score: 2

11:54pm Fri 25 Jul 14

andyman1971 says...

I think you will find that the picture was just taken for the press release.
I think you will find that the picture was just taken for the press release. andyman1971
  • Score: 1

7:20pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Almeda11 says...

Purplepaulajane wrote:
Whatever happened to postie's wearing a uniform ?
That`s what l was wondering ! Maybe it`s only on Canvey, or maybe it`s the new summer uniform, who knows. l live in Westcliff and here they still wear the traditional uniform.
[quote][p][bold]Purplepaulajane[/bold] wrote: Whatever happened to postie's wearing a uniform ?[/p][/quote]That`s what l was wondering ! Maybe it`s only on Canvey, or maybe it`s the new summer uniform, who knows. l live in Westcliff and here they still wear the traditional uniform. Almeda11
  • Score: 1

7:28pm Sat 26 Jul 14

Almeda11 says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
I can't believe you lot banging on about uniform. Under the circumstances should she be wearing trousers and flat lace ups and socks then, to wade through water.

She is appropriately dressed for wading in shallow water, in flip flops (wellies would have been pointless) and what looks like shorts or a short dress.

She got the job done did she not? So what?

And as for her commenting she wasn't doing it for the Royal Mail, she was merely stating she was doing it for the people of her area. A noble sentiment. Good for her.

Talk about nitpicking and pointless commentary.

The story is about someone who went beyond the normal call of duty to deliver a service.

I should have thought in this day and age that that would be something to be admired and complimented, not knocked.

I love how people on this website are so ready to slag off others and criticise their efforts, yet probably have never ever done any of the things being written about, themselves.

For Heaven's sake....
You`re right, she wasn`t doing it for Roral Mail, but she does WORK for Royal Mail, so l only think it`s natural that a few people, myself included, wondered why she wasn`t in uniform.
That was my first thought, as was it a few others, and in no way dtracts from the fact that people do and did realise she went the extra mile to deliver the mail.
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: I can't believe you lot banging on about uniform. Under the circumstances should she be wearing trousers and flat lace ups and socks then, to wade through water. She is appropriately dressed for wading in shallow water, in flip flops (wellies would have been pointless) and what looks like shorts or a short dress. She got the job done did she not? So what? And as for her commenting she wasn't doing it for the Royal Mail, she was merely stating she was doing it for the people of her area. A noble sentiment. Good for her. Talk about nitpicking and pointless commentary. The story is about someone who went beyond the normal call of duty to deliver a service. I should have thought in this day and age that that would be something to be admired and complimented, not knocked. I love how people on this website are so ready to slag off others and criticise their efforts, yet probably have never ever done any of the things being written about, themselves. For Heaven's sake....[/p][/quote]You`re right, she wasn`t doing it for Roral Mail, but she does WORK for Royal Mail, so l only think it`s natural that a few people, myself included, wondered why she wasn`t in uniform. That was my first thought, as was it a few others, and in no way dtracts from the fact that people do and did realise she went the extra mile to deliver the mail. Almeda11
  • Score: 0

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