LA CROSSE/EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – At the start of November, the Postal Service reported an 18.8 percent jump in packages handled by carriers this year. That translates to roughly one point two billion more packages. First News at Nine’s Phoebe Murray takes a look at a-day-in-the-life of a postal worker getting mail to your doorstep this holiday season.
The workday for many U.S. Postal Service carriers, begins at 5 AM.
“This year has been different, then all others,” said city carrier Corey Grotte.
One by one, the fleet of delivery trucks depart from Eau Claire’s Carrier Annex. City carrier Corey Grotte has been running routes with the postal service for 23 years.
“Come in at 5 AM, we load up some packages, go out and deliver ’em, and we’ll come back sort our mail, we’ll do mail delivery and then after mail delivery, we will continue to deliver parcels until 8 PM,” said Grotte.
In a season where holiday shopping comes at the click of a button, even more, highlighted by people who are staying home due to COVID-19.
“We have had triple the amount of packages than we have in the previous years,” said Grotte.
In Eau Claire, the postal office has had to rent 7 additional vans to help carriers with their daily routes, who on average are delivering to 400 houses each day.
Grotte said, “With the guys working their days off, come in before and after work, we just didn’t have enough vehicles so we’re using’ rentals.”
Grotte wants to remind customers that if you do not receive a package with your mail it doesn’t mean it isn’t coming.
“We have other package delivery after, before and after mail service.”
Delivering seven days a week, the workload continues to skyrocket.
Nicole Hill of USPS said, “We are definitely in the midst of ensuring Santa’s shipping needs are met.”
With snow in the forecast, District Communications Specialist Nicole Hill urges residents to keep pathways well-lit.
“To make sure that not only is the mailbox accessible to our carriers but also any stairs leading up to your home, make sure that that’s clear of any ice and snow to avoid our carriers from getting hurt while they’re out delivering,” said Hill.
With patience, handling the holiday rush, one package at a time.
In Eau Claire Phoebe Murray First News at Nine.