The United States Postal Service has confirmed that Iowa and western Illinois are among the areas that will not be receiving mail delivery because of the extreme dangerous weather conditions and wind chills on Wednesday.
Our area is not the only ones to be affected by this as will Minnesota and western Wisconsin. I think we can all appreciate their decision and respect them looking out for the employees safety. Props to them for enforcing action that is thinking of them first.
Here is their full release:
Due to projected deteriorating weather conditions related to Polar Vortex Jayden, postal delivery operations will be suspended for the following areas:
Retail operations at local offices will be available, but may be limited.
There will be no collection mail pick up from businesses or collection boxes. Additionally, there will be no residential or commercial package pick-up services.
Here are some things to consider on days they are working in rough conditions and a lot of snow.
“Winter storms and … the cold, snow and icy conditions can make delivery of your mail very challenging for letter carriers and your post office,” according to a news release from USPS officials.
Officials said that postal carriers will do their best to make it to all addresses, but they are asking customers to help out.
Letter carriers are instructed to consider safety first and not deliver to mailboxes in areas that are unsafe.
“Postal residential and business customers are asked to clear your mailbox area of snow, sleet, slush, ice and debris, including clearing nearby sidewalks, steps and porches,” officials said in the news release.