As the Hudson Valley continues to thaw out from Thursday’s winter weather, postal officials are encouraging homeowners to keep walkways, sidewalks and the approaches to mailboxes clear from snow and ice.
On the heels of the “bomb cyclone,” which dropped as many as nine inches of snow in the area, and left the region coated in ice on Friday morning, Grayson, Westchester District postal officials are seeking the public’s assistance so letter carriers can provide safe, timely mail delivery.
According to officials, mounds of snow and patches of ice in front of mailboxes create havoc for carriers trying to safely deliver the mail. Residents maintaining a clear path to the mailbox — including steps, porches, walkways and street approach — will help postal carriers maintain consistent delivery service. Residents receiving curbside delivery should also ensure clear access to mailboxes for letter carriers who deliver from the street.
“Postal employees make every reasonable effort to deliver mail in many difficult weather conditions,” USPS officials stated. “However, 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 U. S. Postal Service considers employee safety a top priority and instructs letter carriers to deliver mail only if it is not safe to do so.”
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