Local Postmaster asks for residents help during snowstorm

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Pendleton - Officials at the Pendleton Post Office are asking residents to keep stairs and walkways clear to help insure mail carrier safety during inclement weather

Pendleton’s Postmaster Sonya Elliot said mail carriers will “attempt to deliver” mail throughout the impending winter storm, but that it’s important for homeowners to prep for their arrival.

“Snow and ice can make delivery dangerous,” Elliot said. “We will attempt delivery service (in inclement weather), but mail may be delayed or curtailed if there are hazardous conditions for our carriers.”

Snow amounts of about 5 to 10 inches are expected in central Indiana starting Tuesday afternoon.

The post office is asking that residents maintain a “clear path” to the mailbox, which includes clearing steps, porches, walkways and street approaches.

“Safety comes first,” Elliot said. “Our carriers are out in any and all weather attempting delivery.”

She added there have been issues in the past with mail carriers being unable to deliver mail because of hazardous weather conditions, but the decision to delay mail is made only after “careful consideration.

“Delaying mail service is our last resort,” Elliot said. “If that is the case, we try to deliver the mail the next day.

“It is my desire to make sure residents receive their mail in a timely manner,” Elliot said. “But I also want our carriers to be safe.”

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