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Mailboxes Damaged by Snow Plows

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LEWES, Del.- Whenever it snows, many mailboxes fall victim to snow plows. What many Delaware residents don't know, however, is that the state Department of Transportation will pay for the damage.

According to DelDOT, in an average year, its snow plows damage about 100 mailboxes.

Eric McGinnis owns several properties along the Lewes-Georgetown Highway, as well as M & D's Bird Farm. He said that during every snowstorm, he loses about 50 percent or more of his mailboxes to snow plows.

"We should buy stock in Lowe's for the amount of mailboxes we've had to replace this year," he explained. "We do get aggravated about it because its just another day we didn't receive our mail."

While DelDOT will not actually go out and repair the damaged mailboxes, it does offer an insurance coverage as repayment. However, McGinnis said the process is a hassle.

"We have submitted it one time but unfortunately for the time it takes to fill out the forms, sometimes we just pay for it and just chalk it up to experience," he said.

Gerlinde Voegele's antique shop on Route 9 lost its mailbox completely, but she is taking it in stride.

"We're very happy that at least they plowed the roads," she said. "Very happy because it's very difficult to get around."

But as of now, Route 9 looks like a mailbox graveyard.

If your mailbox was damaged, you can call the Delaware Insurance Coverage Office at 1-877-277-4185.

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