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Snow makes for a difficult day on the job for postal workers

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By: Samantha Lavien

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There were many people who had to work despite the difficult conditions on Wednesday; among those on the job were postal workers.

"You just keep walking you don't think about it, you just keep trudging through and you make it through every time and you just pray for sun the next day," said veteran mail carrier Pamela Walker who works in Cranston.

Despite the snow and ice,  mail carriers like Walker were up and out early in the morning braving the elements to make sure that you get your mail.

"For us I think this is the toughest storm so far this season just because of the ice factor," said Walker.

Walker says on average a mail route covers 500 to 800 houses a day. She does walk to many houses on her route delivering mail outside in the cold for about an hour at a time.

One of the challenges for postal workers in the bad weather is when walkways are not shoveled.

"The heavy snow with ice it becomes very difficult to walk so you have to take your time," said Walker.

Walker says she has fallen while on the job, which is why she encourages people to shovel and salt if they can.

"Accidents do happen you slip you fall and you just pray that it's a minor one and you can get up brush it off and keep going," said Walker.

Another interesting point to keep in mind those mail trucks you always see do not have four wheel drive, adding yet another challenge for postal workers on snowy days.

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