Cold Keeps Mail From Reaching Some Oak Forest Homes

The U.S. Postal Service set delivery restrictions Monday and Tuesday because of the below-freezing temperatures. But service returned to normal Wednesday.

Oak Forest post office | Credit: File Photo
Oak Forest post office | Credit: File Photo
The below-freezing temperatures earlier this week affected the U.S. Postal Service's mail delivery, leaving some Oak Forest residents without mail for a few days. 

Carriers were given a limited amount of time to deliver mail on their routes Monday, said Mesha Chandler, a window clerk for the Oak Forest post office. That window was set up to limit their exposure to the frigid cold, she added.

Mail carriers throughout the area affected by the cold needed to be off the streets by 5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, because of the cold and were told only to deliver to businesses, curbside boxes, centralized boxes and boxes in enclosed apartment buildings, said Lee Junious, a customer service supervisor with the Tinley Park post office.

On Tuesday, Jan. 7, carriers were told they could deliver to all the stops on their routes, but they still had to stop by 5 p.m., Junious said. 

As of Wednesday, Jan. 8, delivery is back to normal, Chandler said.

YOUR TURN: Have you received mail deliveries since the weekend? Tell us in the comments section.
Mike Fangman January 08, 2014 at 07:38 PM
(waiting for the 'blame the lazy unions' crowd)
MAC January 08, 2014 at 08:50 PM
Well we still have no mail on 150th Place!! We have the subdivision that whoever finishes their regular route first gets stuck delivering; therefore, we rarely have the same mail carrier and we usually get everyone else's mail. Funny... we always bring everyone's mail that was incorrectly delivered to them but nobody seems to reciprocate!!
Oak Forest January 09, 2014 at 10:01 AM
We had mail one day so far this week. Yesterday the mail carrier was suppose to deliver a priorty mail. Signed in on the tracking website saying we were not home to receive left note on door. We were home at the time no note was ever left. I am for the saftey of everyone but dont lie and say you tried delivering something when you never showed. We even cleared all walkways by us for them
Bob Larney January 09, 2014 at 10:08 AM
My block did not get mail delivery at all on Wednesday 1/8/14!!
Debbie McShane January 09, 2014 at 11:18 AM
Mac, our home gets other peoples mail also. We too bring the mail over to the correct address. Bob I never saw a mail truck go down our street yesterday, I was home all day.
Rick Rohan January 09, 2014 at 11:43 AM
I can understand not getting mail during the sub zero days, but we have not received mail for three days on 150th place. I was tracking a package on ebay and on the 8th the tracking information said "Notice left". That was one of the days we did not get mail. So to make matters worse, the post office had to lie about leaving a notice. What about people who were waiting for medicine? I called and they said the conditions were too bad, even though the streets and sidewalks had beed cleared for two days.
Rita Ramos January 09, 2014 at 11:45 AM
I'm at 155th and michaele dr and we've gotten r mail everyday this week so far.
MA January 09, 2014 at 06:06 PM
The problem with our area was not only the cold, but deliveries were not made because the plows didn't plow close enough to the curb, and they couldn't leave the mail. Everything is fine now


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