It has been more than 24 hours since the parking lot at the Reston Post office was finally plowed.
The post office was socked in by snow from Friday to early Wednesday. Rep. Gerry Connolly’s office got involved with the issue late on Tuesday to speed up the process.
The clear parking lot meant mail trucks were finally freed, and many Reston residents (editor’s note: including me) got home delivery on Wednesday for the first time in four or five days.
Even though the federal government in Washington was closed for several days earlier this week, that should not have affected mail delivery. The USPS is considered a separate agency and mail delivery is only affected on pre-scheduled national holidays.
However some Reston residents still have empty mailboxes.
One resident sent an anonymous message to Reston Now:
“Someone told a fib, either the USPS or Representative Connolly’s office. Mail was not delivered to ‘every residence’ in Reston on Wednesday. I notified Connolly’s office, but this is getting ridiculous.”
“We didn’t expect mail on Saturday or Monday, but it’s Thursday and we aren’t getting anything. I live in a condo development in “less desirable South Reston”, but we have clear sidewalks, a clear parking lot, and the roads to get here are passable.”
The reader said he has notified TV stations and Virginia Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner.
Have you gotten home delivery of mail this week? Let us know in the comments.
The old saying about the U.S. Post office is “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”
It’s even inscribed on the general post office in New York City.
Not so much in Northern Virginia, though. One lingering casualty of the weekend blizzard: mail delivery and U.S. Post Office services in Reston.
The parking lot of the Reston branch of the post office, located at 11110 Sunset Hill Rd., remains unplowed as of Tuesday at 11 a.m.
The government building is supposed to be plowed by a private contractor who has not been there since the storm began Friday, a source said.
The post office remains closed until the lot is plowed. There will also be no mail delivery in Reston until that happens as the mail trucks are staged from that area, a post office employee said.
If you need to mail or buy something at a post office, the Herndon branch at 590 Grove St. is operating.