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Snow Slows Snail Mail in Central Ohio

GALLOWAY (Jen French/Kate Liebers) -- Some people have not been getting their mail as a result of the snow storm that struck central Ohio earlier this week.

The piles of snow plowed from the street have been blocking residents' mailboxes, making a mail carrier's job difficult. If there is too much snow between the pavement and the mailbox, a carrier is not obligated to deliver.

"Well I've got approximately 850 deliveries on my route and I'd say about a third of them aren't clear," said Rick McKenzie of the US Postal Service.

After holding some people's mail for a couple of days on his Galloway route, McKenzie said he hopes he can finally drop off their mail.

"Certainly by now -- this is the third day -- the boxes should be clear," he said.

On his Friday shift, McKenzie sometimes had to stop the car and walk to mailboxes he typically reaches from his driver's seat.

"And it may not be the homeowner's fault," he said. "When the snow has been plowed, they may have plowed the snow up against the box."

Residents can avoid a delayed delivery by clearing a path to the mailbox. That could involve parking away from the mailbox so that a plow can clear the area.

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