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Shovel Out Your Mailbox Before You Don't Get Your Mail

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The U.S. Postal Service and city of Lansing want to remind you to shovel and not just your sidewalks and driveways.

Gary Wilson says shoveling his sidewalk is one thing.

"But the city streets are definitely not my responsibility," Wilson said.

The U.S. postal service and Lansing's city ordinance say otherwise, for those like Wilson whose mailbox sits along the curb, if you don't clear a path, don't expect to get your mail.

"I don't think it's reasonable to ask the homeowner to shovel the streets, we've got many elderly people up and down the street."

Wilson along with others along Lansing's Mary Avenue received a notice in the mail, asking them to do their part to make sure mailmen can do theirs.

"It does take the city time to plow everybody out, but I think it's ridiculous to have your mail threatened," Wilson said.

But the city says unfortunately they're running out of places to put the snow.

"We certainly feel for the people who have to dig into their mailbox time and time again, but again that's part of the situation that we're in, but we all have to do our part," said Paul Dykema Assistant Superintendent of Operations.

Mail that can not be delivered because of high amounts of snow, the post office says a second attempt will be made the next day to deliver that mail and can only be picked up at the post office in case of emergencies.

So while it may be fun to play with the snow, make sure it's not too high or you'll find drivers fly right on by your mailbox.

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