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Despite Snow, Mail Carriers Deliver
While you're out shoveling your driveways and sidewalks, you may want to make time to clear out a path to your mailbox, because if the postal carriers can't get to it, they won't be putting mail in it.
We've all heard some variation of the saying: "Neither rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds." And they were out delivering today.
We spoke with Springfield postmaster Philip Geraci. He said if they can't get to the mailbox because of snow, they can't make the delivery.
There could be some delays, which means some residents could see their mail arrive a few hours later than normal.
"We are out there right now and we are delivering mail and attempting every single house to try to get to it," Geraci said. "If there's no access, then obviously we will have a non-delivery, but right now, we are attempting every delivery today."
Geraci said they scheduled more staff today to help deal with the snow, but just like many other operations, there were several employees who couldn't make it to work because they were snowed in.
As far as mail getting to the post office, he said most of their trucks arrived Sunday, before the storm intensified. But some of the later arrivals from the north were delayed up to three hours.
The Springfield post office had plenty of mail to deliver today. Geraci said the mail sorting facility processed 1.5 million automated letters and 116,000 flats. That was just from last night.