Nearly two feet of snow in Hannibal has fallen in the past week. It's been rough for drivers, rough for those who have to be out period, and that includes letter carriers.
While some people have reproted that they did not receive mail for one or more days in the last week, the Hannibal post master said the delivery process has continued.
"Essentially we never stopped delivering. They were out every day. They might not have gotten to every place every day, but the carriers were out every day getting as many deliveries as they could," Hannibal Post Office Supervisor Eric Smith said Wednesday afternoon. "Sometimes it was just a matter of safety, they couldn't deliver because the road was impassible or people hadn't taken the time to clean out. A little bit of it was the mail got here a little later because of the snow. So that pushed them out of the way."
Changes with the US Postal Service have resulted in Hannibal area mail, which was previously sorted in Quincy, Ill., to be rerouted to St. Louis, and then brought back to Hannibal.
The Hannibal post office then sorts 634 prefix mail before it is delivered to outlying areas.
Mail vehicles are rear-wheel driver, the postmaster said, which makes getting around in the snow more difficult.
"Most of them have sandbags in the back for weight," Smith said. "On really terrible days we can put chains (on the tires), and we do."
Smith stresses access to mailboxes can be a safety issue if there's not a clear spot for the vehicles to pull up or for carriers to walk up to.