Postal workers trudge through snow, officials remind residents to shovel walkways
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WATERLOO (KWWL) -
Many folks in Eastern Iowa have started digging themselves out after a blizzard hit the state on Wednesday.
For U.S. Postal Carriers, shoveled walkways are important.
"We're more likely to slip and fall so it's a real safety concern for us," said Jim Johnson, a carrier in Waterloo.
Johnson has been delivering mail for more than 15-years. He makes 400 stops in Waterloo everyday. Johnson said this week's blizzard was the second worst he has seen during his years as a postman.
"Yesterday it was probably 30 mile an hour winds and the snow just felt like it was sand blasting your face. It was really uncomfortable," he said.
Johnson recommended people scoop out their sidewalks for safety. He said folks who don't have sidewalks could scoop out a path to make it easier for their postal carriers to get to mailboxes.
Otherwise, carriers like Johnson are forced to walk in drifts and aren't sure what is beneath them.
"You don't know if you're stepping on their flowers, lights or they might have some ornaments outside. You just don't know what's there," he said. "You just hope you don't break anything or hurt yourself."
Most cities require you to remove the snow off sidewalks 24 to 48-hours after the snow stops falling.
Iowa City requires all sidewalks to be cleared 24-hours after a snow storm. Cedar Rapids, Cedar Falls, Dubuque and Waterloo give folks 48 to 72-hours after a snow storm to clear sidewalks. If you fail to do so, you could be fined.
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