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Snow Plows Destroy Dozens of Mailboxes Each Storm

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GEORGETOWN, Del. - As snowfall looms on Delmarva, many neighbors brace for inevitable damage to their mailboxes. According to the Delaware Department of Transportation, approximately 100 mailboxes across the state are destroyed or damaged by snow plows every year. 

There will be about 500 trucks cleaning up the roads Tuesday when the storm begins, and these plows are likely to knock down dozens of mailboxes, according to DelDOT.

Sam Scott is hard at work on the unusually warm Monday afternoon. He is digging a skinny hole in his lawn, as he prepares to move his mailbox a couple feet inward. He said his mailbox has taken a beating from snow plows.

"It's been beaten banged around a bit," he said.

He lives on Route 9, near Georgetown. DelDOT officials tell WBOC that larger highways like Route 9 are the most common place for such incidents, because the plows are moving faster, and are shooting snow to the side at a greater velocity. Scott said, storms have already destroyed two of his mailboxes.

"They've hit the mailbox twice," he said. "And I mean, those things happen. So I'll move back further. Maybe it'll solve the problem."

Meanwhile, at a Seaford lot, Jim Westhoff from DelDOT helps prepare for the incoming storm. He said these plows damage dozens of mailboxes each storm.

"On many roads, we're going 20-25 miles per hour," he said. "So that's a lot of velocity for these big chunks of snow coming off the blade hitting these mailboxes."

And Westhoff said he does not anticipate this to change with the storm that is on its way.

"Unfortunately it's just a necessary byproduct of what we do," he said. "We just have to understand that it's a tradeoff. We're gonna clean your road. But we might knock down some of your mailboxes."

And Westhoff said that the state would help compensate for damaged mailboxes if the owners of these properties inform them of the destruction.

This is something Serkan Darilmaz, the owner of the Seaford Eagle Diner didn't take advantage of when his mailbox was destroyed a couple years earlier. When he lost his mailbox to a snowplow, he said he just rebuilt it bigger and better.

"Make it a little bit taller," he said. "And make it stronger, and put some copper nails into it. They won't fly again."

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