Ashtabula residents upset about no mail delivery due to snow build-up

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ASHTABULA, OH – Anthony Meola is pretty frustrated with the U.S. Postal Service right now.

He said they refused to deliver mail to his house on West 29th Street in Ashtabula last week and the beginning of this week.

“The mail people wouldn’t deliver our mail even though you could reach out and touch the mailbox,” said Meola.

He said they told him there was too much snow in front of the mailbox, but he doesn’t think it was that bad.

“It wasn’t like it was encased in a mountain of snow or something,” he said.

He said he only found out about the problem after calling the post office. He said he never received any notice, neither did his neighbors or others who were impacted.

“With the amount, the totals we have had between January and February, it just keeps piling up and piling up and we’re getting narrower and narrower on our street,” said Ashtabula City Manager Jim Timonere.

He said they’re trying to keep the roads clear, but it’s been tough with the weather lately. The snow isn’t melting.

He said if the post office was having issues, they should’ve called him.

“All it takes is a phone call up here and we try to work together with everybody,” he said.

Crews have since cleared Meola’s mailbox. He is now getting mail again.

He said he is happy about that, but feels this could have all been avoided.

“They gotta keep up on the streets. The mail needs to get delivered no matter what. That’s the way it should be,” he said.

Statement issued to FOX 8 by U.S. Postal Service is below:

With the continued snowfall across the area, Postal Service letter carriers are attempting to make mail deliveries wherever possible. The Postal Service asks customers to help with the safe delivery of mail by keeping walkways and sidewalks clear from snow and ice. In past winter storm events, Postal carriers have suffered serious injuries related to slips, trips and falls due to icy and snow covered walkways and porch steps.

Letter carriers are instructed to use good judgment if a potential hazard exists, and may need to hold the mail to addresses where ice and snow are not cleared. Mail delivery is then reattempted the following day. The Postal Service does not want to inconvenience anyone, but must ensure the safety of its employees.

As the snow continues to fall, the Postal Service reminds customers: 

  • To clear enough snow from curbside boxes to allow mail trucks to approach the box, deliver the mail and to drive away from the box without danger of the need for backing.
  • Walkways should be cleared of snow and ice and allow enough traction to avoid slips, trips or falls.
  • Steps should also be kept clear of ice and snow and in good repair so as not to cause injury to the letter carriers or others who visit the customer’s home.
  • Overhangs should be clear and free of snow and ice to avoid injury.

 

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