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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- If you want your packages delivered in time for the holidays, the clock is ticking.
Louisville's main post office on Gardiner Lane is processing the bulk of the mail out of the city. The busiest day of the year is Monday, Dec. 16.
Officials say first-class mail has guaranteed Christmas delivery if it is mailed by Dec. 20; if mailed priority, it must be mailed by Dec. 21.
For the last-minute shoppers, packages can be delivered Dec. 23 with priority mail express.
United States Postal Service spokesperson Alisa Zanetti says area employees are working around the clock.
"This facility is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in the gloom of the night. Our employees are dedicated. Many of them are working six days a week and overtime just to handle the volume. We're expecting to process 15 million letters and 5 million packages right here in Louisville,' Zanetti said.
If you're sending a Christmas or gift card, Zanetti suggests using a flat rate envelop. For the first time, the post office is offering $50 in free insurance if you use the envelop.
Meanwhile, if you're looking to put some items in the mail, the St. Mathews location on Shelbyville Road will be open an extra day. It will be staffed Sunday, Dec. 15 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.