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Postal Service: Help Your Letter Carrier Out

Last updated on Thursday, January 29, 2009

(UNDATED ) - The U.S. Postal Service is asking for help from residents in clearing snow and ice from the approach to mailboxes.

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

Customers are asked to clear enough snow from curbside boxes to allow mail trucks to approach the box, deliver the mail and drive away from the box without danger or the need for backing. Walkways should be cleared of snow and ice and allow enough traction to avoid slips, trips or falls.

Steps and porches should also be kept clear of ice and snow to prevent injury to letter carriers and others who visit the customer's home.

Spokeswoman Kim Yates said the U.S. Postal Service curtails delivery only after careful consideration and only as a last resort. She said any curtailed mail is scheduled for next day delivery.

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