As the inches of snow increase daily throughout Indiana, the U.S. Postal
Service is asking customers to help letter carriers deliver mail safely by
clearing snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs, and mailboxes.
The weather forecasters predict even more of the same next week, which means
cold, icy conditions will remain and we can expect several more snowstorms
before spring arrives. One seasonal tool is expected to make its return at
homes and businesses: the shovel.
“Snow and ice make delivery dangerous and slow,” Indianapolis Postmaster
Gary Soultz said. “”
Customers receiving door delivery should make sure their sidewalks, steps,
and porches are clear. Customers receiving curbside delivery should remove
snow piles left by snow plows to keep access to their mailboxes clear for
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,” Soultz said. “Any curtailed mail
is attempted the next delivery day.”
Blue collection boxes also need to be kept clear 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,” he added. “We can only do this with the help of our customers.”