USPS suspends mail delivery here, effective immediately

An empty mailbox is never a fun discovery, especially if you’re expecting something important. But the United States Postal Service (USPS) has recently struggled publicly amid financial challenges that have only been exacerbated by the pandemic. As a result, Americans across the country have been complaining about shipping delays over the past year. But don’t automatically assume that’s the reason you’re not getting your mail. The Postal Service can also suspend services in certain areas when it deems necessary, which is exactly what is happening to people in part of the country right now. Read on to find out where the USPS just suspended mail delivery.

READ THIS NEXT: The USPS is suspending services in these locations, effective immediately.

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Despite ongoing delivery delays, the Postal Service is still technically responsible by law to deliver mail six days a week, an obligation that was saved by the Postal Service Reform Act, which the President Joe Biden signed in April 2022 to help the agency work, it’s a return to solid ground. But there are exceptions to this requirementsuch as federal holidays, emergency issues and others”unusual circumstances“, according to the USPS.

He is normal for some addresses not having mail on a given day. At the same time, the USPS says traffic, staffing fluctuations, inclement weather, natural disasters, and carrier route changes are all circumstances that could affect service even when there is mail at hand. deliver. “The Postal Service only halts delivery after careful consideration and only as a last resort,” the agency says. “We appreciate your understanding of our responsibility for the safety of our employees, as well as our customers.”

Now residents of an area are learning exactly what other “unusual circumstances” may cause delivery to be suspended.

This image shows a USPS mail truck parked on the street near Bellevue Square Mall in Washington State.  You can see the mail delivery man standing on the other side of the truck.
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A neighborhood in Ohio is no longer receive USPS shipments, The Vindicator reported September 20. According to the local newspaper, the Postal Service suspended service to residents of Auburndale Avenue in Youngstown after a mail carrier was attacked by a loose dog on the street.

“The safety of our delivery workers and the goal of providing excellent customer service are both paramount to who we are as an organization,” the USPS spokesperson said. Naddia Dalai Told The Vindicator. According to Dhalai, local USPS management is currently working with the dog’s owner and delivery will not resume until “when it is safe for the mailman.”

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On its official website, the USPS lists “dog on the premises” as a possible circumstance that can impact mail delivery. “Delivery service may be suspended if there is an immediate threat (including, but not limited to, threats from loose animals) to the delivery person, courier security, or postal property,” explains the agency, adding that dogs on the loose can indeed affect service for an entire neighborhood.

Aggressive and uncontrollable animals are a serious problem,” Dhalai told NBC affiliate WFMJ in Youngstown. “A bite or a fall can cause serious injury; they are painful but they can be avoided.”

The Postal Service is asking owners to “confine their dogs during delivery hours” and says it will promptly notify customers if their service has been suspended because this requirement is not being met. “Most people know the approximate time their courier arrives each day and having their dog secured when the carrier approaches their property for delivery will minimize interactions with the dog carrier,” Dhalai said. . The Vindicator.

A mail truck and USPS (United States Parcel Service) mail carrier make a delivery.
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The dog attack in Youngstown is not an isolated case. The Postal Service has already suspended service to other parts of the United States this year following attacks on carriers. In May, the agency told residents of a Greenfield, Indiana neighborhood that delivery service would not be restored “until residents set up curbside mailboxes” after that loose dogs left a porter so injured she needed 50 stitches. Then, in July, the USPS stopped delivering mail on a street in the southern neighborhood of Des Moines, Iowa, as a worker was still recovering from being chased and bitten by a dog the previous month. .

But these are just a few examples of a much larger problem. More than 5,400 postal workers were attacked by dogs in the United States alone last year, the Postal Service revealed in a report released June 2. USPS Employee Health and Safety Awareness Manager Leeann Theriault says dogs have a “natural instinct to protect their family and home,” which could prompt even the friendliest animals to attack carriers. In fact, the agency said many of the attacks reported by carriers in 2021 came from dogs whose owners routinely said their dog “wouldn’t bite.”

“The Postal Service takes the safety of our employees as seriously as we take our commitment to delivering U.S. mail,” Linda DeCarlo, the agency’s senior director of occupational safety and health said in a statement. “Please deliver for us by being responsible pet owners and make sure your dogs are safe when our carrier comes to your mailbox.”

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