EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- High snowbanks are not only a headache for area home and business owners, they're making some postal workers' jobs nearly impossible.
USPS in Eau Claire says it has sent out hundreds of notices reminding people to clear their mailboxes. The office says snow must be cleared 15 feet before and 15 feet after the mailbox, as well as ice cleared below the mailbox and from walkways.
USPS says it’s been a tough winter for postal workers, reporting 34 accidents since early October, but its number one goal is keeping employees safe. “We've had a lot of accidents this year so we're trying to focus more on the safety aspect of it,” said Debbie Haas, the Eau Claire Post Master. “Yes the mail is important but so is the safety of the employees, so making sure our mailboxes are cleared is going to be huge for that.,
The Eau Claire office says when mailboxes aren't cleared; mail can't be delivered, causing delays, pileups and an extra workload for postal workers.