MACOMB COUNTY, Mich. -

The Macomb County Department of Roads has joined other county road agencies throughout the state in asking residents to check their roadside mailboxes and posts to be sure they are strong enough to survive the upcoming snow season. The 5th Annual Shake Your Mailbox Day on Saturday, Oct. 19 serves as a reminder to the public to be proactive in maintaining their mailbox to prevent future troubles over the winter.
"In cooperation with the U.S. Postal Service and as a convenience to the public, road agencies allow mailboxes to be installed in the county right-of-way," explained Bob Hoepfner, director of the Macomb County Department of Roads. "But this roadside placement makes mailboxes susceptible to our snow removal operations."
Most mailbox damage is not caused by the snow plow hitting the mailbox, but rather by the force of the snow thrown from the roadway. The Macomb County Department of Roads does not replace mailboxes and posts damaged by routine snow removal operations.
"Damage to these posts and receptacles is not covered by the Department of Roads and can be prevented with some routine maintenance." said Hoepfner. "Taking a little time to tighten mailbox screws and secure posts now can prevent headaches later. If the mailbox moves when shaken, the mailbox and/or post may not withstand our snow removal operations and should be repaired or replaced prior to the onset of winter."

Winter storm barrels across U.S.

Published On: Oct 18 2013 02:14:01 PM EDT

In case you've forgotten how tough winter can be - here's a look back on a storm that rocked the United States in February 2013.

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A deadly winter storm that began in California is now barreling across the nation's midsection, dumping heavy snow and freezing rain in parts of the Midwest.