77230: The postal code for Katrina evacuees

Among the other incredibly awful bits of news trickling out of the Hurricane Katrina disaster, here’s one grimly revealing one: There are so many evacuees at the Houston Astrodome — over 11,000 — that the post office has assigned it its own postal code: 77230. As KHOU reports:

Astrodome evacuees will get mail that has their name, a “general delivery” designation and the special ZIP code. Those staying in other shelters can have mail forwarded to the shelter, Rucker said.

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