Letter carriers need help to deliver through snow

By Daily News • Last Updated 3:22 pm on Wednesday, February 05, 2014

The continued snow and challenging weather in Michigan has not kept letter carriers from going out and delivering the mail. The United States Postal Service (USPS) thanks its customers for helping letter carriers deliver mail safely by clearing snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes.

“This winter season has been very challenging for our carriers and customers alike,” USPS Greater Michigan District Spokeswoman Sabrina Todd said. “The extreme cold, snow and ice make delivery dangerous and slow. Customers receiving door delivery should make sure their sidewalks, steps and porches are clear. Those receiving curbside delivery should remove snow piles left by snow plows to keep access to their mailboxes clear for letter carriers to maintain consistent delivery service, and help them get those letters and packages delivered.”

Delivery service may be delayed or curtailed whenever streets or walkways present hazardous conditions for letter carriers or when snow is plowed against mailboxes.

“The Postal Service curtails delivery only after careful consideration, and only as a last resort,” Todd said. “Any curtailed mail is attempted the next delivery day. Renting a Post Office box has become a popular option for many customers who desire to receive daily delivery.”

Blue collection boxes also need to be kept clear for our customers to deposit their mail and for the Postal Service to collect the mail for delivery.  Residents and businesses with collection boxes near their property are asked to keep them clear of snow and ice.

“We want our letter carriers to be safe,” Todd said. “We can only do this with the continued help of our customers.”

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