Winter weather impacts postal deliveries

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LAKE TAHOE (KOLO) - With recent winter weather including snowfall, Postal officials are asking residents across the Lake Tahoe area to help their carriers deliver the mail by clearing snow and ice from roadways, walkways and mailbox access.

Carriers say they were unable to deliver to about 500 addresses after recent storms because side streets were impassable or mailboxes were inaccessible in Truckee, Incline Village, Crystal Village and South Lake Tahoe.

“We’re in your neighborhood six days a week in every kind of weather. Each carrier delivers to hundreds of homes and businesses a day and the recent weather has been particularly challenging,” said Manager of Postal Operations Crystal Bergquist. “We’re up for the challenge, but we are turning to the community to help us eliminate safety concerns so we can efficiently deliver your mail.”

Here's what the Postal Service recommends the community can do to keep letter carriers safe:
• If you receive delivery of mail to a rural-type post mailbox, please clear around the box to allow your carrier to drive up to the box, deposit mail and drive away.
• If your delivery is at a cluster box, please work with your neighbors to clear around the front of the box and the back of the box where the carrier accesses the box to load.
• If your mail is delivered at your residence or business, please keep the path to your mail box or slot clear of snow and ice. Delivery personnel, meter readers, friends and family will also benefit from a safe and convenient path to your door.