Perry Hall Residents Miss Their Mail, Lawmakers Send Letter

Has mail been piling up in your mailbox, with nobody to pick it up?

Residents in various corners of the state have reportedly not been receiving their mail this month.
Residents in various corners of the state have reportedly not been receiving their mail this month.
Residents in several parts of the state have raised the red flags on mailboxes outside their homes, and nobody has responded.

Senator Barbara Mikulski, D-Maryland, said residents in Perry Hall, Windsor Mill and Pasadena had been without mail service for more than a week, according to WBAL, which said some had missed service since Feb. 12.

Now, elected officials are asking for answers.

"These service disruptions require explanation and, more importantly, an immediate resolution," a letter from area lawmakers said, sent Friday to the postmaster general.

Those who signed the letter included Senator Ben Cardin and Congressmen Dutch RuppersburgerChris Van Hollen and John Delaney. Van Hollen—whose district includes parts of Carroll, Frederick and Mongtomery counties—coordinated it.

Some Montgomery County residents who had not received mail in more than a week were told workers' hours were shortened, according to Bethesda-Chevy Chase Patch.

In other areas, service stopped due to the winter storm in mid-February. The U.S. Postal Service said it was suspending service Feb. 13 because of "challenging travel conditions." By the following day, service had resumed, according to a statement from the postal service, which noted: "Residents maintaining a clear path to the mailbox ... will help postal carriers maintain consistent delivery service."

Approximately 99 percent of service had resumed as of Wednesday, Feb. 19, according to The Baltimore Sun.

Those with service disruptions may contact the customer service department of the U.S. Postal Service at 1-800-ASK-USPS (800-275-8777).

Martin Layman February 25, 2014 at 12:01 AM
Isn't the delaying mail delivery a felony, I think the individual post masters should be held to the letter of the law. Prosecuted them.
Rosebud February 25, 2014 at 09:52 AM
Many communities in Maryland were not receiving mail for several days. Mail in Halethorpe is about 3-4 days behind schedule. Any explanations?


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