With the entire stateline area covered in snow, the United States Postal Service is asking area residents to clear a path for their neighborhood letter carriers.
"Snow and ice make delivery dangerous and slow," Rockford Postmaster Steve Webb said. "Maintaining a clear path to the mail box—including steps, porches, walkways and street approach—will help letter carriers maintain consistent delivery service..."
Customers who get door delivery should clear sidewalks, steps, and porches. Meanwhile, customers who get curbside delivery should get rid of snow piles left by plows so access to their mailbox is clear.
If streets or walkways are hazardous for letter carriers or snow is plowed against mailboxes, service may be delayed or curtailed.
"The Postal Service curtails delivery only after careful consideration and only as a last resort," Webb said. "Any curtailed mail is attempted the next delivery day."
Blue collection boxes should also be clear of snow and ice by nearby residents and businesses so letter carriers can collect mail for delivery.
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