USPS Driver Celebrated Online After Helping Car Out of New Jersey Flooding

As residents across various states face the effects of Hurricane Ida, one New Jersey man's clip of a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) van has gone viral.

The video, shared by TikTok user @duhfuhcraig, captured a USPS vehicle helping a trapped car out of a flooded street using a slightly unconventional method. The truck pushed the car out by driving up behind it.

Craig had shared multiple videos of the vehicles in his street's flooding, commentating in the background of them. "This gon' get crazy. I feel it in my soul," he said—and crazy it got.

In the first few videos of the series, a car got stuck in the water, causing other cars to simply drive around it and continue on. Before long, another car followed suit and also got stuck in the water.

Seemingly, little help was offered, including by the TikToker himself who admitted he was "selfish." Until a U.S. Postal Service (USPS) driver came along and offered his services.

In the fourth video, a large white USPS truck can be pushing the stuck car through the flood from behind. "Shout out to the post office," said Craig from behind the camera.

The video has gained almost 500,000 views at the time of publication, with users applauding the efforts of the USPS driver.

The video can also be seen in full here.

"USPS is as reliable as my bodega," commented one TikTok user.

"The only thing I truly respect in America are the workers of the USPS," added another.

Even the official USPS TikTok account weighed in, writing: "We're always here for a little push."

Hurricane Ida first hit Louisiana on August 29 with winds of 150mph, making it the fifth-strongest to ever hit the U.S. mainland. Over a million residents were reportedly left without power.

As Ida moved inland, it weakened to that of a tropical storm, bringing flooding to multiple states with immense rainfall. On September 1, the storm hit New Jersey, where the video was filmed, leaving drivers trapped in cars and fully submerging apartments. In southern New Jersey, Ida even caused tornadoes to sweep across towns.

Ida has caused at least 60 deaths, with 27 confirmed in New Jersey alone.

The USPS had suspended operations in certain south Louisiana ZIP codes in the week beginning August 21, in preparation for Hurricane Ida's arrival. As per August 31, retail and delivery operations remain suspended in the 700, 701, 703 and 704 ZIP code areas.

According to the USPS site: "During the week of Aug. 21-27, the Postal Service quickly prepared for Hurricane Ida, a category 4 hurricane, which made landfall in Louisiana on Aug. 29 and continues to impact the Gulf and East coasts. Due to the hurricane, future network service delays may occur as the storm temporarily suspended USPS operations in parts of Louisiana and other Gulf Coast locations.

The Postal Service has a long history of preparing and responding to natural disasters and is working closely with the Postal Inspection Service to assess facilities, deliver supplies and fuel, and secure safe mail service in areas affected by Hurricane Ida, with the top objective being minimizing service disruptions and restoring a sense of normalcy to impacted communities."

Newsweek has contacted USPS and the TikTok user for comment.

Car in New Jersey floods
An abandoned car sits on a flooded street the morning after the remnants of Hurricane Ida drenched the New York City and New Jersey area on September 2, 2021 in Hoboken, New Jersey. Gary Hershorn/Getty Images