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Postal Service asks residents to clear snow

Published: Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

With a major snowstorm blanketing the region, the U.S. Postal Service is asking customers to help letter carriers deliver your mail safely by clearing snow and ice from sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes.

“Snow and ice make delivery dangerous and slow,” Central Illinois District Manager Peter Allen said in a news release. “Maintaining a clear path to the mailbox – including steps, porches, walkways and street approach – will help letter carriers maintain consistent delivery service and help them get those cards and packages delivered.” 

Customers receiving door delivery should make sure 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, according to the news release.

Residents and businesses near a blue collection box also are asked to keep those clear.

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