Mail Mess

By: Melissa Wollering Email
By: Melissa Wollering Email

If you are not getting your mail, there may be a good reason. Many mailboxes are nearly impossible to reach due to the ice and snow.
Their trucks are getting stuck and they are at risk of falling. Now they are hoping someone will give them a hand.

"We do have those nice days in June where people say, 'oh I wish I had your job'," says postal carrier Vicki Morrison. "I don't hear that right now."

Vicki Morrison's rear-wheel drive postal truck was finally back in action Tuesday afternoon after a hang-up earlier in the day.

"I got stuck," says Morrison. "I just got hung up on some ice."

Vicki got stuck trying to put mail in a box surrounded by a small iceburg.

"It delayed my day by probably an hour," says Morrison.

Vicki has been able to deliver to most homes on her route on Madison's southside. However, the United States Postal Service will not let her stuff boxes that are blocked.

"If they can't get up in their vehicle to their box, they're going to have to not deliver there," says USPS spokesperson Terri Bouffiou. "It's not their choice. The rules are for their health and safety."

Carriers are also asking homeowners to salt or sand walkways if their boxes are attached to their homes.

"The worst thing that can happen is if somebody falls, breaks a hip, breaks a leg, an ankle," says Bouffiou.

Mike Bullock's mailbox is surrounded by ice. However, it is not the result of a lack of effort.

"I didn't want to take 911 in my driveway," says Mike.

Mike spent four hours snowblowing on Sunday and says it is time for the city to take one for the taxpayers.

"They need to subcontract this work to some road contractors," says Bullock.

Otherwise, the ice could still be around to provide cubes for Christmas parties.

"Get some trucks out here and some front end loaders and get enough of it moved so the mailman can get through," says Bullock.

There are at least two alternatives. You can put a temporary box out closer to the street. Stick one on a post in a bucket of frozen water and sand. Or get a P.O. Box at a nearby office so you can pick your mail up there.

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