Snow and ice-covered roads create mail delays on Stroebe Island, throughout Fox Valley

STROEBE ISLAND, Wis. (WFRV) – Corine Blasczyk has lived on Stroebe Island for 33 years and says there is a lot to love about it.

“We love it; we’re not moving until we’re gone from this Earth,” she said. “It’s quiet, peaceful. The backyard is my nature preserve.”

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But the beautiful Wisconsin scenery is coming at a cost – snow and ice-covered roads have created mail delays since last Friday in the Fox Valley, according to the United States Postal Service.

The United States Postal Service declined a request for an interview but said in a statement that the postal service will be back up to speed by the end of the day Friday, except in areas where there is still snow and ice on the roads.

“We had a couple of days where we didn’t get any at all,” Stroebe Island resident Lorraine Atkinson said. Then, on Tuesday, “I got a ginormous pile, as though I’d been away on vacation for a week. But we got nothing yesterday, so I’m not sure exactly what’s going on with them.”

Atkinson says that the roads on Stroebe Island are in terrible shape after snowfall and still are this time.

“We have a bit of a problem here because Fox Crossing thinks that we’re the last place to be plowed, so obviously, it’s the last place anyone wants to get into,” she said.

Blasczyk expects more from the postal service.

“It’s an inconvenience; they say they’re going to deliver through rain, sleet, snow, and right now, it’s just not happening. We’ve had snowier winters in years past and never gone five days without mail,” Blasczyk said. “They need better communication. Trying to call them is impossible. You can’t talk to a real person to find out what’s happening.”

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The United States Postal Service says clearing snow and ice from mailboxes, driveways, and anywhere along the mail carriers’ path is the best way to help them maintain efficiency.

“The Postal Service is committed to providing the best possible service to our customers, and we apologize for any inconvenience that may have been experienced,” the United States Postal Service said in a statement. “We are utilizing all available resources to keep our commitments and deliver the mail in Appleton and the Fox Valley Area. Recent heavy snowfall weather conditions have impacted service in limited locations. Mail service in Appleton and the Fox Valley area is expected to be fully delivered today, except for the areas that are still not safe due to snow and ice.”

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