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Postal service asks customers to clear areas around mailboxes of snow and ice using “common-sense” approach

Posted on Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 12:40 pm

Despite yet another round of winter weather that blanketed Moore County with up to an inch in sleet and snow overnight Wednesday and into Thursday, the Lynchburg Post Office remained open. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

Despite yet another round of winter weather that blanketed Moore County with up to an inch of sleet and snow overnight Wednesday and into Thursday, the Lynchburg Post Office remained open. (MCN Photo by Robert Holman)

LYNCHBURG — Winter storms — and along with them the cold, snow and icy conditions — can make mail delivery very challenging for letter carriers and the US Post Office. Post office officials are asking that you support your letter carrier and Post Office in providing safe and timely delivery of your mail.

“We will do our best to make delivery to all addresses. At the same time, we must insure the safety of our carriers along their routes,” stated a Post Office spokesman in release on Thursday following overnight ice and snow storms that moved through the area. “We’re asking that customers take caution themselves as they clear a path for their letter carrier.”

Where possible, postal residential and business customers are asked to clear their mailbox area of snow, sleet, slush, ice and debris, including clearing nearby sidewalks, steps and porches.

If mailboxes are blocked off and conditions are difficult, letter carriers must always consider safety and accessibility first. Letter carriers are instructed to not deliver to mailboxes and locations which are too hazardous or unsafe to access.

Whether you have a street-side, centralized neighborhood/cluster unit, house, or door mailbox, postal letter carriers need to have clear and safe access to deliver your mail.

“Your local Post Office and letter carriers greatly appreciate the public’s support,” the spokesman concluded.

Post office officials said using a common-sense approach is the best way to make sure everyone stays safe.

Last week’s winter storm caused some issues for the United States Postal Service, including mail delivery delays and injured mail carriers.

According to USPS, six Nashville mail carriers were taken to the hospital due to injuries suffered while trying to complete their routes as they followed the words of the Postal Creed, which states, “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these carriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”

Officials with the postal service told Nashville’s News 2 they attempted to complete all routes, but when the conditions make it unsafe, mail is not delivered.

No injuries were reported in Moore County.

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