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Photo courtesy of USPS
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Mail delivery should be back to normal soon after the snowstorm caused major delays in service.

A major snowstorm that practically shut down the city last week also left Queens residents’ mailboxes empty for five days, but regular deliveries should be getting back on track this week, according to one local politician.

Congresswoman Grace Meng received numerous complaints from residents of Middle Village, Maspeth, Forest Hills, Rego Park and more saying the mail hadn’t been delivered since the storm. Meng was able to reach the United States Postal Service and released a statement on Facebook explaining that “the recent storm and lack of available regular carriers” led to missed deliveries throughout Queens and the surrounding area.

“I’ve asked the Postal Service to let me know when these types of problems occur in the future,” Meng said in the statement. “It is essential that the agency communicate about delivery problems that impact our borough.”

According to Meng, postal officials said service is back to normal and that mail is being delivered to every home and business.

Meng also thanked many local politicians, including Councilman Robert Holden, for working with her on the issue. Holden said that three of his staff members were affected by the lack of deliveries.

This is the tip of the iceberg, no pun intended,” Holden said. “The postal service has been plagued in recent years and is in a downward spiral.”

Holden went on to say that while he understands delays in deliveries because of the weather, there is no excuse for it not being delivered at all. Citing other general problems such as the wrong mail being delivered, substitute carriers that don’t know the routes, mutilated mail and problems with the USPS distribution center in Brooklyn, Holden said he wants to launch an investigation into the service.

“It’s a lifeline for many people, and if it’s cut off it can jeopardize peoples’ lives,” Holden said. “I don’t take this lightly.”

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