Winder's postmaster said today that mail delivery will resume Jan. 12.
"We're planning on it tomorrow," said Roy Schaffer. "It's seems to be drying up."
However, don't look for too many cards and letters right away.
"We haven't been getting anything in because of the condition of different roads coming to Winder," Schaffer said. "Yesterday, we got one truck, but it just had packages on it. Today, we got a truck in at 9:30, but there wasn't much on it."
A major factor in the mail slowdown has been the storm's impact on the flow of air traffic through Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
"Hartsfield's been shut down, but I think it's back up," Schaffer said. "We hope to resume 100-percent delivery tomorrow."
The postmaster said he has received numerous calls from local residents about when mail delivery would restart.
"Maybe they're looking for their Netflix videos," he quipped.
We are not that far from that location and the mail did run by... literally... past many of our houses. We were out talking to neighbors and the mailtruck just zoomed on by us all (6 houses) only stopping for the stop sign at the end of the street.
Contrary to popular belief, the U.S. Postal Service has no "official motto."
The familiar sentence you are thinking of is this:
Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.
This is commonly misidentified as the creed of our mail carriers, but actually it is just the inscription found on the General Post Office in New York City at 8th Avenue and 33rd Street.
Here's how the official Web site of the U.S. Postal Service describes the origin of the inscription.
This inscription was supplied by William Mitchell Kendall of the firm of McKim, Mead & White, the architects who designed the New York General Post Office. Kendall said the sentence appears in the works of Herodotus and describes the expedition of the Greeks against the Persians under Cyrus, about 500 B.C. The Persians operated a system of mounted postal couriers, and the sentence describes the fidelity with which their work was done. Professor George H. Palmer of Harvard University supplied the translation, which he considered the most poetical of about seven translations from the Greek.
My compliments to the mail service here..I live on a dirt road that has maintained a crust of ice since the storm and today my carrier walked down my road to deliver my mail..I thank you and salute your dedication