Post office gears up to resume service

The U.S. Postal Service sent out the following announcement Sunday, telling residents that service will likely resume soon … and that they should clear walkways and mailbox tops:

Postal officials in the Connecticut Valley District of the Postal Service report that mail processing operations have been restored to full capacity following this weekend’s severe winter weather.

That means full operations are in progress at mail processing facilities in Springfield MA and Providence RI. In Connecticut, processing facilities are operative in Hartford, Wallingford (Southern Connecticut) and Stamford.

Employees in those locations should report to work at their usual time.

Post Offices will re-open with normal delivery and retail operations resuming on Monday, February 11.

Postal officials also remind the general public to include mailboxes in their cleanup after the storm. This includes keeping steps and sidewalks clear of snow and ice so letter carriers who approach on foot can provide the safest, most efficient delivery service possible.

Curbside mailboxes should be shoveled in a half-moon style to permit full visibility for carriers and passing motorists and to allow letter carriers to safely deliver mail without leaving their vehicles.

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Amanda Cuda