- Associated Press - Thursday, May 19, 2016

WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Postal Service investigators want to know who left a trove of undelivered mail inside the catch basins of a sewer in Northeast Washington - enough to fill 25 trash bags.

Media outlets report D.C. Water crews used a claw-like tool and pole Monday and Tuesday to pull soggy mail out of two basins. D.C. Water spokeswoman Pamela Mooring says the bundles filled 25 trash bags.

WJLA-TV reported Monday that a resident had discovered the piles of mail, and the station says it notified the postal service.

Lance Norrington, a spokesman with the U.S. Postal Service’s Office of Inspector General, says the undelivered mail was being sorted through on Wednesday.

The agency apologized for the incident, saying it is working to discover how the mail came to be there.

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