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Lexington Mail Carriers Make Deliveries In Polar Vortex

Posted at 5:55 PM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 17:55:23-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The U.S. Postal Service suspended delivery in multiple states Wednesday because of the bitter cold, but delivery continued as normal in Lexington.

“As long as you’re moving you’re usually pretty good,” said mail carrier Kelly Briscoe.

Briscoe said that even after 15 years on the job, Wednesday’s weather was unusual.

“It comes with the job, you know, and there’s plenty of other people out here doing this,” he said.

He said that he wore a lot of layers and a warm pair of shoes. Briscoe said that mail carriers appreciate when people make sure that the path to their mailbox is clear by shoveling or laying salt.

Briscoe tries to cover as much skin as possible in the cold, and he wears a special glove on his right hand with three of the fingertips cut off.

“I have to be able to feel the mail. I’m usually holding with this and flipping through with this. If not, I’m going to be dropping peoples’ mail,” he said.

He says when it is cold out, it is best to move fast.