More snow on the way; Post Office asks residents to keep paths clear

• Total accumulations expected to reach 2-6 inches

Online Staff Report

In a few hours, snow will begin falling throughout the region, and is expected to continue into tomorrow. With accumulations expected to reach between 2-6 inches, the Postal Service reminds customers to make sure their sidewalks, stairs and porches are clear to ensure safe and timely mail delivery.

Snow and ice make delivery dangerous and slow,” said Rockford Postmaster Steve Schwalenberg. “Maintaining a clear path to the mail box — including steps, porches, walkways and street approach — will help letter carriers maintain consistent delivery service and help them get those cards and packages delivered in time for the holidays.”

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 letter carriers.

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,” said Schwalenberg. “Any curtailed mail is attempted the next delivery day.”

Blue collection boxes also need to be kept clear for 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,” Schwalenberg said. “We can only do this with the help of our customers.”

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Posted Jan. 5, 2015

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