TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – The same Polar Vortex that dumped snow, ice and bone-chilling temperatures on the Wabash Valley, and much of the nation, halted even door-to-door mail delivery for up to five days in some spots.
“Two weeks ago on that Monday, when the snow was deep and the wind chill was like minus 25, it was bad,” said Don Bradbury, a letter carrier in Terre Haute since 1981. “This is probably one of the worst winters we’ve had in a while!”
Some postal customers even report having no mail delivered to their door for up to five days: a delivery drought the USPS in Indianapolis says is quite possible, given the severe weather conditions.
“It was probably Saturday before somebody finally came by, or the following Monday,” said Bryan Pair of Terre Haute.
But postal customers like the Pairs were quick to cut their letter carrier some slack, considering the storm was one of the worst anyone can remember.
Any “snags,” or hang-ups for local customers might be attributable to the Indianapolis hub, said Mary Dando, spokeswoman for the USPS in Indianapolis.
Dando said the impression she got in talking with her Terre Haute colleagues was, “everything we got, we delivered!” Dando said local USPS employees worked “to the best of our ability,” given the weather elements no one seemed to thrive in.
Mother Nature aside, Dando said an additional aggravating factor in delayed deliveries was likely the June 2013 policy change dictating that Terre Haute mail now must be sorted at the Indy hub; not at the Terre Haute site as it used to be.