It's taking all of us a little longer these days to get from one place to another. The snow and ice on the side streets is making it hard for many to do their jobs.
News on 6 reporter Patrina Adger says sometimes folks feel sorry for me because there are times I have to stand outside to do live shots in the cold. But the folks responsible for picking up your trash and delivering your mail work outside most of the day. And these days, it's hard for them to get around. "I got home at 6:30 last night, tonight it'll be later." Richard Nutall's day as a mail carrier starts at 6:30 every morning.
And these days he's working overtime. "Mainly because it's hard to get around, have to walk the stuff we normally drive." He says he probably won't get home until 8 oâ€™clock! The snow and ice on the sidewalks and driveways are slowing him down. "Unless I have my cleats, help me walk on ice."
Workers with Johnson Sanitation are a day and a half behind their schedule. Chauncy Johnson says ol' man winter is taking its toll. â€œThe trucks don't work as well the guys have to bundle up and they can't move as fast." And they're working long hours, sometimes into the night. "The darker it gets, it freezes backup you can't see the black ice, throws everything behind."
And if things go well weather-wise, workers will get back on track by Thursday. If not, â€œwe'll work until we finish the route. If that means Saturday. We'll be there Saturday."
So just be patient with your mail carriers and sanitation workers, they hope to be back on track soon.