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Slow mail delivery concerns residents in Gallatin County

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Local residents of Gallatin County are upset at the Post Office because they haven’t seen their mail in a couple of weeks.

“You know, generally it’s always been pretty good. This last couple of weeks it’s been pretty brutal,” said Belgrade resident Chris Wlodkowski.

“I’ve got neighbors asking me if we’ve gotten mail. My wife has said we haven’t gotten any mail in over a week.  So I don’t know if it’s the weather or what the problem has been. I mean as a homeowner, you’re normally getting stuff every day,” Wlodkowski said.

It’s not only residents in Belgrade having this issue; Bozeman residents are worried that their mail isn’t coming to them in a timely fashion.

“I haven’t gotten anything in a couple of weeks with the exception of two Christmas cards a couple of days before Christmas, but other than that that’s the first mail I’ve gotten in 2 weeks time,” said Regan Love of Bozeman.

“It’s scary, I had to renew my driver’s license in June and I didn’t get it. I had to go back down to the DMV and have them reissue a new one,” she said.

Some residents rely on the Post Office to deliver their mail ordered medications. This is worrying to people like Belgrade resident Don Pool.

“Sometimes you worry about it because if the mail is late getting here for 2 to 3 days and we do get medications right after that. Sometimes it’s only 1 to 2 left in the original container. So you’re getting kind of close,” Pool said.

Many residents say they are frustrated and have bills that are due, and the Post Office hasn’t delivered or even picked them up.

“Not to point fingers or name names, but if there is a late fee involved due to the post office -- rain, snow, sleet or hail, that’s their motto,” Wlodkowski said. “It’s been their motto for decades. Put a press release out. Do something saying hey, you know, we haven’t had a chance to get all the mail out, mail truck got stuck somewhere, give us something.”

After speaking with the U.S. Postal Service in Washington DC, Post Office Spokesperson Darla Swanson sent a press release that said the following:

“Winter storms make mail delivery very challenging for our carriers. The U.S. Postal Service is asking customers to keep snow and ice cleared from their sidewalks, stairs and mailboxes to help postal carriers deliver the mail. Clearing a path to your mailbox will go a long way toward keeping our carriers safe and maintaining consistent delivery service.”

If you are one of those few that haven’t received your mail recently, call your local post office and make sure that your mailbox is cleared of snow so the postal driver can get to you.

Below is the full press release sent from the USPS.

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