Folks who usually don’t experience heavy snowfall are certainly getting their share this year. Two record-breaking storms have blanketed Mid-Atlantic States with the white stuff — with more in the forecast.
This may be business as usual in the Midwest, Northeast and Western states, but in cities like Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington DC it’s a rare experience for residents having to take it easy as they maneuver treacherous sidewalks and highways.
As the motto etched on the New York Main Post Office Building infers — Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night… — city and rural carriers are out attempting to deliver your mail in as safe a manner as possible. They’re faced with side streets and rural roads plowed and salted after major thoroughfares are taken care of. And for city carriers, they’re faced with ice and snow covered sidewalks, steps and porches.
How can you help?
The Postal Service is asking customers to help keep carriers safe by clearing enough snow from curbside boxes to allow mail trucks to approach the box, deliver the mail and to drive away from the box without the need for backing.
Walkways should be cleared of snow and ice and allow enough traction to avoid slips, trips or falls. You’ll be keeping yourself and your family and friends safe as well.
Steps should be kept clear of ice and snow and in good repair, and overhangs should be clear and free of snow and ice to avoid injury.
Every year carriers suffer serious injuries related to slips, trips and falls during the winter months.
“The best way to avoid injury is prevention,” said U.S. Postal Service Philadelphia District Manager James Gallagher.
With another huge snowstorm expected in the Philadelphia area this week, this may be the snowiest winter on record for the city.
The National Weather Service is predicting 12 to 18 inches beginning Tuesday. That’s on top of more than 28 inches that fell on the city over the weekend.
Meteorologist Valerie Meola says snow accumulation of more than 9.2 inches would make this winter the snowiest since Philadelphia started keeping records in 1884.
“Your cooperation is most appreciated and will help us provide timely delivery of your mail,” Gallagher added. “We want to provide you with the best service possible and keep our carriers safe while doing it.”