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Last updated: Sat. Feb. 07, 2009 - 10:18 am EDT

Snow disrupts city's mail delivery

Plows built up mounds around some mailboxes.


BLOOMINGTON — The motto might say neither rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night will keep postal employees from their appointed rounds, but apparently mounds of snow will.

Bloomington Postmaster Jim Mennel is advising customers that haven't received mail since last week to stop by the post office, where it's being held after about a foot of snow fell on the area Jan. 27-28.

Snow piles on curbs have kept delivery vehicles from reaching mailboxes, Mennel said.

“The snowplows opened up one lane down the middle and traffic can come and go, but in shoveling driveways, many of the residents mounded the snow up in the path to the mailboxes,” Mennel told The Herald-Times.

Other customers cleared walking paths to their mailboxes, but that didn't help most motor routes. Mennel said it's not feasible for a carrier with more than 600 stops to get out and walk to a mailbox. Drivers need a clear path to pull their vehicles up to the mailbox.

“There aren't a lot of people in that category — maybe several hundred — but it got to the point that we were taking their mail out in hopes of being able to make delivery, they'd come in and say they hadn't gotten their mail, and our carriers were still unable to reach their mailboxes,” Mennel said Thursday.

Bob Baker made a trip to the office to ensure that his outgoing mail would get sent.

“There have been red flags up on most of the mailboxes around here for several days now and I didn't want to wait any longer,” Baker said. “While I was there, I asked about my mail, and they had it all bundled up for delivery.”

Mennel said some carriers are having trouble completing their routes by 5 p.m.

“We really don't want them out after dark, for obvious safety reasons,” the postmaster said.

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