Via email and social media, residents of both south and north Arlington have told ARLnow.com that mail delivery has been sporadic since the blizzard, with some only having received one or two deliveries in the past 10 days.
From a Barcroft resident, along Columbia Pike:
Lots and lots of neighborhood complaints about no USPS mail or sporadic USPS mail since January 22nd. I am having the same issue. Parcels and letters that should have arrived days or even a week+ ago are nowhere to be found. Tracking shows obscured messages like “receptacle blocked” when there is no issue with our street our mail receptacle. Others report the same.
From another Columbia Pike area resident:
The residents of 22204 haven’t had much, if any, mail delivery since the storm. While I can understand a few days lag, we are now almost 2 weeks out without any mail and there are tax documents out there somewhere.
The residents have heard various things, like Merriefield has been backed up and the carriers can’t stay out any later than 3-3:30, but that does nothing to resolve the issue.
We have suffered with poor service from the S. Glebe post office for years and now we apparently can’t get any service.
A U.S. Postal Service spokeswoman apologized for the ongoing issues, but suggested, contrary to residents reports, that “normal operations” had resumed. Said USPS D.C. area spokeswoman Theresa Doherty:
We apologize for the inconvenience customers are experiencing. The Postal Service is working around the clock to make up for the delays caused by the storm. We ask that customers please contact their local Post Office for service updates. The Postmaster will be able to provide customers with information specific to your address location.
Delays were caused by the Postal Service needing to shut down last Saturday due to unsafe conditions, then followed by inaccessible roads and employees’ inability to report to work due metro and road closures. Since then, we have restored normal operations and are delivering throughout the D.C. metro area.
Reports of Arlington mail delivery problems from social media, after the jump.
— Tamar Abrams (@Tamarabrams) February 2, 2016
— McHenry Coaching (@McHenryCoaching) February 3, 2016
@ARLnowDOTcom Whole communities in Arlington not receiving mail. Hearing from folks in Alexandria as well. Hearing from anyone else?
— David Hawkins (@khnashi) February 3, 2016
— Rick Ruiz (@rjruiz02) February 2, 2016
— jennrubenstein (@jennrubenstein) February 2, 2016
— Alyson Sadofsky (@asadofsky) February 2, 2016
— JKyle (@MrJWSays) February 2, 2016
— Bentley (@BentleytheDog) February 1, 2016
@ARLnowDOTcom Count me in — 22206. Last week they failed to deliver needed medicine, claimed blocked mailbox which was not the case.
— Debby Bowman (@bowmandj626) February 3, 2016