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USPS: Late Quincy mail delivery 'not a normal occurrence'

QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Many Quincy residents noticed their mail was delivered much later than normal on Tuesday, but U.S. Postal Service Officials say that won't continue.

United States Postal Service spokesperson Valerie Welsch said some residents did receive deliveries as late as 8 p.m. Tuesday night, but only because it was the day after a holiday.

"That was not a normal occurrence," Welsch said. "The day after a holiday is always a very heavy mail day, so carriers are usually out later than usual."

Welsch said truck arrival times were off that day, putting carriers behind. She said the USPS is making a lot of changes to the network that are causing truck arrival times to fluctuate.

Mail carrier Tina Philllips said the late deliveries were not just because of the holiday, and she said it's been a trend for a while now.

Phillips said since Quincy's distribution center closed earlier this year, it has gotten the mail later and carriers have had to start their routes later.

 Phillips said working in the dark poses many hazards to carriers.

"Just to be able to read the mail, go through it as you're walking down the sidewalk or steps," Phillips said. "They need to maybe inform people to leave their porch lights on so that the carriers can see the steps or even the animals. People let their dogs out when they get home from work."

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