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Postal workers brave the cold

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The snow and sub-zero temperatures are causing some problems for mail carriers around our area. This is more than a story about how they cope in the weather. The mail carrier 13abc talked says while you may not need your magazine other customers may need their medicine.

Mail carrier Mike Isbell says working in the bitter cold is part of the job. He says this is the coldest worst winter he can remember. He's been delivering mail for 24 years. He's trekked through lots of snow. He says he hears the concerns of customers all the time --but says he's an essential part of the community.

"They say that they feel sorry for me, they thank me for bring me their mail they also sometimes tell me that they mail could wait but in my opinion that may be for their needs but their could be somebody else that's counting on them to bring them their medicine that they are almost out of," said mail carrier Mike Isbell.
Isbell says he wears lots of clothes and keeps moving to stay warm.

"Try and cover up as much as exposed skin as possible and layer up with thin layers so that way there are multiple layers instead of layering up with one thick layer several thin layers is sometime more beneficial," said Isbell.  

Many of the sidewalks and steps were cleared as he went door to door. He couldn't help to think about the postal workers in the rural areas where in some cases streets aren't passable and mail carriers can't get to mailboxes.
"No I don't I can only imagine that that has got to be a difficulty job with all the snow drifts and wind not knowing where the road is," said Isbell.  

Isbell says despite the sub-zero temperatures he enjoys his job.

"When you are in a public service job and the public acknowledges their gratitude That's always a heart warming thing"

The mail carriers say they also get a chance to check on the elderly in our area. Full mailboxes sometimes tip them off that something is wrong.

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