O'FALLON, Mo. (KSDK) - They deliver in the snow, rain, heat and the darkness of night, but this latest round of weather is making it tough for postal carriers to deliver on that promise. It couldn't come at a worse time, with packages and cards being shipped all across the country.
The biggest problem spots in this latest round of winter weather include O'Fallon, Mo., Lake St. Louis and Dardenne Prairie. That area saw more than eight inches of snow over the weekend and at night when temperatures drop, slushy streets turn into dangerous, slick streets and mail carriers there couldn't get to where they needed to go. "
The timing was horrible," said Karla Rose, the USPS Area One Manager. She manages the post office in O'Fallon. She says mail carriers faced some serious challenges Saturday, Sunday and Monday. She says the ice and snow slowed things down and the packages keep piling up.
"These are going out we get twice as many going in," said Rose. She says this weekend's weather affected the delivery of thousands of packages especially in this area but postal customers we spoke with say they're just hoping they'll be able to open their packages in time for Christmas. "
I feel bad for the children who are expecting gifts from their grandparents or parents, otherwise as adults we can handle it," said Ruth Pentecost of Dardenne Prairie. She didn't get her mail all weekend. Finally it arrived late Monday night.
Now she's bracing for another delay because more winter weather will hit the Midwest this weekend.
"We will do whatever it takes to get the Christmas packages delivered," Rose said.
Everything out of the O'Fallon post office will be back to normal by Monday night.
Rose encourages everyone to shovel their driveways and sidewalks, especially in front of their mailboxes, to expedite delivery this weekend when we're expecting that next round of winter weather. UPS and Fedex officials say they did not experience any major delays in that area this past weekend.