COLUMBIA — U.S. Postal Service carrier Julie Alsberge put on spike-soled shoes Monday and loaded her truck with sandbags to deliver mail in midtown Columbia.
Alsberge looked ready to conquer Mount Everest, not her daily route through the city. She said the route might take her more than 10 hours to complete Monday, with icy sidewalks making the job slippery and dangerous.
She even packed a rubber mallet to crack ice off frozen mailboxes.
“Usually, when there’s ice on the sidewalks, you can walk on the grass,” she said. “Right now, the grass is so thickly covered with ice that it’s not a very good option either.”
With more ice expected, the post office is gearing up to keep mail delivery running smoothly. Acting Manager Cindy Bolles said letter carriers will continue their stops, but would not go to homes without a safe path to the mailbox.
“They’re out there in this kind of weather every year,” Bolles said. “If they can make a delivery, they’re going to make it.”