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Multiple Mailboxes along DE 8 Damaged in Storm Cleanup

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DOVER, Del. (WBOC) - This week's winter storm left a good amount of snow in Kent County. And cleaning up that snow left a good amount of damage along area roads.

Plows and the snow they pushed aside destroyed or damaged lots of mailboxes.

Outside Carol Kranick's brother's home along DE 8 west of Dover the mailbox that should be upright is on its side.

"It's down," she said. "Ours is down and our next door neighbor's is twisted. Across the street theirs is bent. They have reflectors on theirs. It still got bent."

WBOC found mailboxes destroyed or severely damaged up and down DE 8 from Saulsbury Road well past the new Dover High School.

DelDOT spokesman Jim Westhoff says the departments plows try to avoid damaging property, like mailboxes. But he says sometimes it's unavoidable.

"The vast majority of the mailboxes that get knocked over are knocked over by the snow and ice leaving the plow blade," he said.

DelDOT estimates about 100 mailboxes are damaged or destroyed across the first state each year.

"If people call DelDOT," said Westhoff. "We will work with them and help pay for the replacement of their mailboxes or to have someone put in a new mailbox."

It looks like there will be a lot of calls like that coming in from homes and businesses along DE 8. It was the sheer number of damaged mailboxes along this particular road that really surprised Kranick.

"This is uncalled for - for this many mailboxes to go down," she said.

If snow plows did damage your mailbox, the DelDOT number to call is (800) 652-5600.

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