Mail carriers working long shifts to deliver packages in time for Christmas

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – This week is one of the most hectic of the year for those delivering holiday packages, with just one week until Christmas.

Mail carriers are working double-time to get presents to doorsteps in time.

The Evansville Postmaster told Eyewitness News that they’re starting days at 6 a.m. and breaking records for the number of parcels they’re delivering.

IN some areas, they’re seeing anywhere between 30-40% growth.

Mail carriers hope to have everything delivered while the sun is still out, but they say that’s not always been the case this season.

Sometimes, the mail carriers are out until 7 or 8 p.m.

One of the biggest problems this post office has faced this year is the lack of people to fill all the needed positions.

“You’re limited to a certain amount of carriers to get those packages delivered. To work 12 hours a day, day after day, certainly puts a task on some of the people. We do give them a day off when we can and we look at their hours weekly, but the bottom line is: we have to get the packages delivered, get the Christmas gifts home,” said Postmaster Steve Risewick.

Risewick said they expect Monday, December 23 and Christmas Eve to be some of the biggest days for delivery and possibly to break more records.

If you’re wanting to make sure your package arrives before Christmas, USPS said it needs to be sent out by December 20.

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(This story was originally published on Dec. 17, 2019)

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