Mail carriers ask for clear paths to mailboxes

By Laura Geller - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Was your mail delivered today? For most people the answer is yes, but for those of you who didn't, it's probably because you forgot to clear a path for the carrier.

Its situations where snow covers the area in front of the mailbox that make delivering your letters an obstacle course.

It's going to be a long day," said Alfred Jarmon, Postal Carrier.

That was the first thought that ran through Alfred Jarmon's mind when he got to work on Saturday. While most people were tucked indoors, Jarmon and other mail carriers spent the day blinded by the snow, sliding on the ice, trying to deliver your mail in the height of the storm.

"It didn't take us long to realize that we weren't going far," Alfred said.

What was supposed to be an eight and a half hour shift turned into eleven hours, some of those spent waiting for a tow truck.

"It got close to the box and then once you tried to take off, it just fish tailed into it and you know, you're just stuck," said Alfred.

And yet, Alfred is back today, navigating the snow covered streets, and trudging through paths not yet shoveled.

"You have to go safety first and if you can't, if you just simply can't do it, you can't do it, but we're going to make every effort to get up to that box and deliver that mail," he said.

Again, the postal service is asking everyone to clear a safe path for your mailman. And of course, don't forget about the area on the street right in front of your mailbox. 

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