Halt to mail service affects Eugene residents during winter storm

Arnold Hultberg says he has not seen his mail all week.

Posted: Feb 28, 2019 7:22 PM

EUGENE, Ore. -- Many residents in Eugene noticed a halt to their mail delivery during the winter storm, and officials say that unsafe conditions are to blame.

Eugene resident Arnold Hultberg told KEZI 9 News that for the first time since moving here, he has not received mail all week.

"I don't recall ever a time where they didn't deliver the mail," Hultberg said.

When he went down to the post office, he was told that he probably hadn't been receiving his mail because carriers can't access his mailbox. So he took matters into his own hands.

"I decided today that I would come and shovel some of the snow away from the mailbox," Hultberg said.

He said that he figured even if the mailmen couldn't make it to everyone's mailbox, they would at least be able to make it to his.

A spokeperson for the U.S. Postal Service said that whether a carrier delivers mail is on a case by case basis, and they are encouraged to not deliver mail in unsafe weather conditions. He also said that once mail starts getting delivered again, it will only take a couple days for them to be caught up on deliveries.

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