USPS suspends service in much of the Northeast due to blizzard

The Postal Service has suspended delivery and retail operations in several districts- the line of impact includes facilities from the New Jersey shore all the way to Maine’s Downeast region, and includes the cities of New York City, Boston, Providence, Hartford and Portland.

The following Processing Plants have temporarily suspended operations until 4 PM Tuesday, Jan 27:

Hartford Ct 060
Southern Ct 064
Stamford Ct 068
Westchester NY 105
New York Ny 100
Queens NY 110
Brooklyn NY 112
Mid Island NY 117
Western Nassau NY 115
Boston MA 021
Brockton MA 023
Middlesex-Essex MA 018
Providence RI 028
Springfield MA 01Z and 010PM
Central MA 015

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via USPS Service Alerts – Winter Storm Updates.

Video: Postal Workers Brave Below Zero Temps

When the mercury falls below zero, it can prove especially challenging for anyone who has to work outside. That is especially true for mail carriers in Northcentral Wisconsin, who still need to deliver on time no matter what the weather.

Postal worker Ben Kovar says he spends long hours in the cold.

Postal workers are urged to dress in layers and to take breaks to get warm. Kovar says he ofter garners plenty of sympathy from postal customers.

"The customers are great, they show us so much support. They invite you in or give you a hot cup of chocolate or hot cup of coffee. They are wonderful, I can’t say enough about the customers." says Kovar.

via Postal Workers Brave Below Zero Temps.

NALC tells carriers: Don't put yourself in danger!

From the National Association of Letter Carriers:

NALC-LOGODon’t put yourself in danger: On Jan. 3, the Postal Service issued mandatory safety talks to be given to all employees regarding protection from cold temperatures. Click here to find the documents that management was to provide you through these stand up talks. If management has not provided these safety talks, advise your supervisor, shop steward, branch officers or, if necessary, your national business agent. Bottom line: Do not put yourself in danger.

Letter carrier rescued from icy waters on Jersey shore

SEA BRIGHT, N.J. (CBSNewYork) – Fire crews in New Jersey had to rescue a U.S. Postal Service worker after his truck got stuck in ice water during high tide near the Shrewsbury River.

As CBS 2′s Tracee Carrasco reported Friday, crews worked quickly to rescue the postal worker, who got stuck in 4 feet of ice water on Shrewsbury Drive in Monmouth Beach.

Read more: Postal Worker Rescued From Ice Water Near Shrewsbury River « CBS New York.