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Subject: Atlanta PO still backed up??
Date Posted: 1/18/2011 6:26 PM ET
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Can anyone tell me if power is all restored in Atlanta area and postal service OK?   I mailed a book there on 3 JAN and I'm only 6 hours drive from there, but still no acknowledgement that package arrived.  I mailed out 2 other packages that week that went to IN and CA and they still haven't arrived either.  I'd been getting 7 day delivery service, even for media mail, to anywhere in US except HI and AK so am puzzled by this sudden delay-- even of pkgs mailed on diff days.

Ronda (RONDA) - ,
Date Posted: 1/18/2011 6:49 PM ET
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Atlanta had no mail service for mon to wed last week.  I am not sure how much they caught up on  thur to sat, but some roads still had ice until saturday.  and of course monday was no service due to holiday.

Date Posted: 1/18/2011 7:24 PM ET
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I live a little north of Atlanta and I just got mail today.  My mother lives in NE Atlanta and today was her first mail day as well.  Both of our roads were icy until yesterday.

Date Posted: 1/18/2011 7:32 PM ET
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I wonder if that's what's going on with my mail, too.  I'm going to have two books mailed to me go lost shortly.  Two!!  In a row even.  One is from Tennesee and the other from California but they were ordered right after Christmas.  I was checking my garage to see if perhaps the mailman had stuck them in there for some reason but they're not there.  I never thought about the weather affecting the mail as bad as that.  Is that possible?

Date Posted: 1/18/2011 8:18 PM ET
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If roads and/or airports are closed on the route your book is traveling, then YES it will affect their timeline.  The problem doesn't have to be where the book started or where it's going but somewhere along the line. 

Date Posted: 1/18/2011 8:26 PM ET
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Then there's still hope!!  :)

Date Posted: 1/19/2011 12:06 AM ET
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Yes, weather will affect mail times.  Especially Media Mail since it travels on a 'space available' basis.  With all the other postal rates backed up due to bad weather, Media Mail could very well sit and wait until the backlog is cleared.

Date Posted: 1/19/2011 12:56 PM ET
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Thanks for all the feedback!  Having lived up north for most of my life and experiencing many blizzards and ice storms that shut us in for 2-3 days, we were never without postal delivery! (probably cause we lived in town and not on a country road like many of our friends)  So I never expected the PO to be so devastated by a storm!



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Date Posted: 1/19/2011 1:12 PM ET
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Location makes a difference Jeanne.  Here in Seattle a couple inches can pretty well shut down the area.  Across the state (and over the mountain pass) Spokane can get several feet and still function just fine.  Depends on the geography (hills), local driving experience, county knowledge of snow techniques, etc.

Seriously...last winter Seattle was shut down by a couple inches of snow.  Residents were furious over lack of proper county management.  Come to find out, the county got all eco-friendly and refused to salt the roads and they therefore quickly became unsafe for travel.  The region has lots of low hills that drain into Puget Sound, and the county didn't want to 'contaminate' the water with salt.  BUT the Puget Sound IS salt water, and even the local environmentalists admit that we are one of the few locations that would be minimally impacted by salt run-off.  Yesh . . . anyways, for that week any mail in Seattle stayed in Seattle until the ding-a-lings got the roads cleared and the airport open (ran out of de-icer). 

Ronda (RONDA) - ,
Date Posted: 1/19/2011 1:25 PM ET
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Atlanta gets a event like this about once every 20 years, so no we don't have very much snow removal.  But the problem wasn't really the snow, that just started it.  The problem was the freezing rain at the end of the snow storm on Sunday night / Monday am and then the 5 days of freezing temperatures.  Sections of all the major interstates were closed for ice.  they would open back up, it would refreeze and a truck would jack knife.  They really only worked on the interstates for most of the week.  Lots of folks with hills or shady areas had no chance of getting out until saturday.  There are still piles of snow in the parking deck at work and it has been above freezing since saturday.

 

Date Posted: 1/19/2011 4:51 PM ET
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Even here in Buffalo our county can drop the ball on snow removal and we are so used to travelling in a few inches of snow.  A few weeks ago our thruway was closed down due to snow and people were stuck there overnight.  Yikes. 

Buffalo has quite the reputation for snow but Central New York has us beat by a country mile.  It's really not that bad here concerning snow.  Just a lot of press.