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Determined UPS Driver Makes It Through The Storm

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Our last word in business today is rain or shine.

Many businesses in the New York area have not been able to reopen since Hurricane Sandy came through.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

But one UPS driver in New Jersey has kept his truck on the road, even braving the flooded streets of Hoboken, New Jersey - getting cheers from surprised and happy customers.

(LAUGHTER)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: You're still working?

JOHN DONOWITZ: Am I going to see this on YouTube?

(LAUGHTER)

MONTAGNE: The driver was asking if he'd see this on YouTube. And the answer is: Yes he will.

INSKEEP: Michael Silver filmed and posted the video to the site on Wednesday. UPS has identified the intrepid driver as John Donowitz. He's been driving the same route for 19 years.

MONTAGNE: And they tell us, he describes himself to fellow drivers as the interim mayor of Hoboken.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "PLEASE MISTER POSTMAN")

THE MARVELETTES: (Singing) Oh yes. Wait a minute Mister Postman. Wait. Wait...

MONTAGNE: And that's the business news on MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

INSKEEP: And I'm Steve Inskeep. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.

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