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Postal carriers on front lines of snowstorm hazards

February 2, 2016 Updated: February 2, 2016 at 8:20 pm
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Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night . Wait a minute. Let's qualify that first part of the unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service. Snowstorms like the one that hit most of Colorado over the past few days can impact mail delivery.

Some Pikes Peak region residents may not have received mail Monday because of road closures or unsafe access to mailboxes, said Linda Neill, the U.S. Postal Service's customer relations coordinator for southern Colorado.

On Tuesday, all 12 post offices in the Colorado Springs area received mail from the central station in Denver, where it is dispatched for delivery, Neill said.

Letter carriers working the 400 urban, suburban and rural routes in the region wore extra layers of clothes, put tire chains on their trucks and headed out again.

While letter carriers deliver mail six days a week in all kinds of weather conditions, they could use a little help this time of year.

If residents and business owners could "keep the approach to mailboxes clean, free of snow and ice," Neill said, "that eliminates safety concerns and helps people get their mail."

The Postal Service recommends people shovel snow from around their mailboxes and sidewalks to make it safer for not only mail carriers but also residents retrieving their mail.

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