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POSTAL SERVICE REBOUNDS FROM SNOW STORM, ASKS CUSTOMERS TO CLEAR WALKS, STEPS AND AREAS AROUND MAILBOXES

 PHILADELPHIA, March 15 /PRNewswire/ -- As the weekend snow storm subsides, U.S. Postal Service officials are taking stock of a mail system that handled last year's Christmas mail with ease, evoking comments from customers that it was the "best Christmas ever."
 "Approximately 90 percent of the post offices in the Allegheny area are open and delivering mail, wherever possible," said Allegheny Area Manager for Customer Services Jon Steele. (The Allegheny area is made up of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Delaware and the southern half of New Jersey.) "In cases where the local roads are impassable and postal employees were unable to reach their offices, efforts are under way to ensure the offices reopen as soon as possible."
 The Postal Service is asking customers to help by clearing the walkways and steps leading to their mailboxes, and in rural areas or where appropriate, from the area around their boxes. This assistance is being requested to ensure that carriers can safely access mailboxes.
 Postmasters are responsible for determining if delivery can be made during inclement weather. If there is no risk to the carrier, the Postal Service expects delivery to be made. However, if it is doubtful that delivery can be completed safely, the postmaster is expected to exercise his judgment in suspending delivery.
 "We recognize that suspension of mail delivery is a serious matter, and this step is taken only when absolutely necessary," said Steele. "The Postal Service is charged with the responsibility of providing consistent and reliable mail service. However, we are also obligated to ensure the safety of our employees."
 "Our entire mail transportation system -- airlines, rail and trucks -- was seriously impacted by the storm," said Steele. "Accordingly, the amount of mail getting to our processing and distribution plants is low. This means that mail delivered to our customers early this week will be light and become very heavy later in the week as the mail transportation system catches up."
 Customers needing information regarding delivery in their area should contact their local office.
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 /CONTACT: Greg Frey, 215-931-5063, or Robert Faruq, 215-931-5056, both of the U.S. Postal Service/


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