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Postal service busy during holiday season

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INDEPENDENCE (KWWL)- Christmas is the time for gift giving, and while Santa waits until midnight to deliver, there are many others getting the job done right now.

A lot of postal carriers are very busy this time of year. It is the time between Black Friday and Christmas when they see the most traffic, and while they don't have Donnor or Blitzen on their side they do have a lot of support from many hard-working Iowans.

The holiday season means extra work for postal workers both in the post office and on the street. At the Independence post office they see 60 to 70% more packages during the holiday season and 50% more letters. This year the Internet played a larger roll in bringing in packages to the post office, specifically eBay.

"They (eBay) are up almost 17 percent in their shipping on eBay to us. What that entails is that we get a lot of more parcels from them as opposed to customers mailing individual packages," said Randy Ciesielski, Independence Postmaster.

Not only do the holidays bring the extra packages for postal workers, but they also bring extra weather worries.

In Independence, if its the city carriers or the rural carriers they are all ready.

"They dress for the weather. They dress in layers which keeps their body temperature where it should be if extreme below wind chill is a factor. They get inside and warmed up and then go back out," said Ciesielski.

Rural route drivers keep a weathered eye on road conditions when deciding whether to head out. If it's too icy deliveries will be delayed.

Weather has cooperated with mail carriers so far this year, at this point they haven't had to delay any deliveries.

It is so important during this winter weather if you live in town to shovel your sidewalks and steps. This way the postal carriers can deliver your mail with ease.

If you still want to send packages they should get there by Christmas, but time is running out.

Holiday shipping cut off dates: www.usps.com

Online Reporter: Nikki Newbrough 

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