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Some Evanston residents reported receiving no mail at all on Monday or Tuesday. A postal service spokesperson confirmed there were delays due to the weather.

Frigid temperatures and accumulated snow slowed some Evanston residents' mail on Monday and Tuesday, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Postal Service.

While carriers continued to deliver mail on Monday and Tuesday, they were limited to just first-class mail, which includes bills and personal correspondence, according to spokesperson Sean Hargadon. Carriers did not deliver standard mail (advertisements and circulars), and that may have resulted in light deliveries or no deliveries at all for some customers. 

Postal carriers were limited due to the dangerous cold, according to Hargadon. He said customers should expect to see more mail coming through the rest of the week. 

While the cold snap has lifted, black ice and snow accumulation still makes it dangerous for mail carriers, he added. Residents can help by clearing all ice and snow from the pathway to their mailbox. 

After we asked readers whether they noticed a delay in mail delivery, multiple people responded on Facebook to say that they had. 

"Yes!!! We are expecting a check in the mail that should have been here on MONDAY," wrote Kristin Kutzner Huzar, who added that she had received no mail whatsoever on Monday or Tuesday, and just a few items on Wednesday. 

"Christmas package from my mom (in Hawaii) sent on December 17 was FINALLY delivered yesterday," commented Keenan Kamalani Kamae. "Really??"

Cynthia Martin, however, was pleased with the service to her neighborhood. 

"I live in northwest Evanston and have had mail every day," she said. "Was very impressed."

"Two deliveries yesterday after nothing Mon/Tues," posted Shahna Richman. "I value the safety of my mail carriers more than speedy delivery, so no problems here." 

"I'm amazed to get any mail at all, esp Monday - talked a bit with the carrier at the door on Tuesday and they were having a tough time with the streets a mess, temps below zero, and a lot of unshoveled sidewalks," wrote Ric Hudgens. "We still got mail every day. I'm in south Evanston." 

"We did not get mail for 3 days," wrote Nancy Kohn Hoppa. "Talked to our post girl yesterday she said a lot of people called off and they were all told to return by 4:00. She said there were a lot of us that got frost bite. Let's give them a break." 
jim January 10, 2014 at 01:57 PM
Perhaps if the City would of cleaned the streets deliveries would have been better. I see a lot that still haven't been cleaned well. They don't have to delivery if sidewalks aren't shoveled. Many of those are still covered also. Even many by parks.
E. January 10, 2014 at 02:32 PM
Lack of sidewalk shoveling is also a big problem for pedestrians and people at bus stops. But postal delivery issues go way beyond that, both before and after the recent "polar vortex," including areas with shoveled sidewalks and some streets that don't even have sidewalks.
Jordan S. Zoot January 10, 2014 at 04:57 PM
There is some appropriate precedent with respect to how to deal with a work stoppage by postal workers. There are several examples of Joseph Stalin dealing effectively with strikers....perhaps there is a lesson to be had there.
jim January 10, 2014 at 06:06 PM
Quite frankly Jordan I think you are going to extreme. MANY SIDE WALKS WERN'T AND STILL AREN'T SHOVELED. THE CITY OF EVANSTON HAS DONE A PISS POOR JOB OF CLEANING OF STREETS. YET WE SEE THE HEAD OF THE DEPARTMENT SMILING ON TV TELLING US HOW EVERYTHING IS UNDER CONTROL. MAYOR SHOULD FIRE HIM
jim January 10, 2014 at 06:07 PM
I'M IN MY 70'S AND STILL NEED TO DO WHAT THE CITY THINKS IS RUNNING WELL

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