Snow delaying some mail delivery

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night can stop a letter carrier, but apparently three feet of snow can.

If you let the snow pile up in front of your mailbox, then your mail is piling up at the post office.

In a statement, the U.S. Postal Service said it is making every attempt to deliver mail.

“Carriers attempt delivery daily and bring back any mail that can’t be delivered because of hazardous street or walkway conditions,” USPS spokeswoman Karen Mazurkiewicz said. “What isn’t delivered today is attempted again the next delivery day.”

In order to get your mail, there are strict guidelines. For town and city residents, your sidewalks and porches must be clear. In rural and suburban neighborhoods, you have to make a 30-foot clearing in front of your mailbox.

William Bakus of Mechanicsburg said three feet of snow is a lot to move.

“Too much work. It’s too hard to get rid of and it’s going to take a good while to get rid of it,” Bakus said.

William Bakus of Mechanicsburg put a mailbox in the snow and an American flag to get the attention of his letter carrier.
William Bakus of Mechanicsburg put a mailbox in the snow and used an American flag to get the attention of his letter carrier.

So, Bakus gave an old mailbox new purpose.

“It’s a simple fix,” he said. “I put the mailbox [on the snow bank] and I put the flag on the pole, so that’ll attract the mail person.”

A nearby contraption was eye-catching: a two-by-four holding a box extended past the snow bank

Rich Dixon’s neighbor constructed it.

“Pretty inventive. In fact, I didn’t even know he was doing it,” said Dixon, of Mechanicsburg. “I heard this hammering and I didn’t know where it was coming from and then the next day I saw it.”

Rich Dixon's neighbor put a box on a 2x4 for mail delivery.
Rich Dixon’s neighbor put a box on a 2×4 for mail delivery.

A lot of other Midstaters also got creative; using bins, buckets, and whatever else they could find to create a makeshift mailbox until the snow melts.

Mazurkiewicz said there’s one more option.

“Customers that haven’t received delivery and aren’t optimistic about delivery in the next day or two can request their mail be placed on hold and retrieve it at their local post office,” she said. “This can be done on USPS.com (Track and Manage tab) or by calling 1-800-ASK-USPS.”

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