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Mail delivery resumes; What to do if you're missing your mailbox

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Mail delivery is getting back on track this week in areas hit hard by last week's storm. Some Western New Yorkers in areas that saw more than five feet of snow may be seeing mail delivery for the first time in a week or so. 

About 30 post offices were closed last week from Tuesday through Friday because of the storm.  U-S Postal Service spokesperson Karen Mazurkiewicz says employees were able to resume operations on Saturday - and even began delivering certain priority items on Sunday. "Mostly packages, we're very sensitive to the fact that a lot of people get medication in the mail in packages," noted Mazurkiewicz.

Mazurkiewicz says you can speed things along simply by making sure your mailbox is accessible to carriers. She says,"They have hundreds of stops on a route, so if they can't get to the curb mailbox without leaving the vehicle, it's possible that they're going just have to drive by because we have so many stops to make."

Mazurkiewicz also advises that if your mailbox was knocked over during the storm to call the post office and put your mail on hold.  She says you will be able to pick it up there until you are able to have your mailbox replaced.

Mazurkiewicz adds some employees will be working through their Thanksgiving holiday to sort through the backlog of mail.