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Inclement Weather Means Overtime for USPS Workers

This week’s inclement weather may not have stopped the post office from delivering mail, but it certainly slowed the process down. The organization is still getting back up to speed. Bloomington postal carriers need extra time and additional tools to get mail to customers this week. The icy conditions meant mailbags contained not only letters, but mallets as well.

Bloomington Postmaster Edgar Royce said they’ve had plenty of ice over the mailboxes which requires them to chip the ice off to even open the front to put the mail in.

“Over the past couple of days several people haven’t even been able to get any of the mail that’s been put in there at the beginning of the week,” Royce said.

Postal carriers also wore cleats to help trudge through the snow. USPS carrier Tom Kinley said it’s important to his time.

“We keep a pretty steady pace walking, but in weather like this, we have to slow down to keep ourself safe.”

Kinley said sometimes the mailboxes are frozen shut, and it takes a little longer.

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