The United States Postal Service needs your help delivering mail. They're asking people who live in the higher elevations to clear around mail boxes so that carriers can deliver mail to about 500 affected addresses. 

Postal carriers were unable to deliver to those addresses because side streets were impassable or mailboxes were inaccessible in Truckee, Incline Village, Crystal Village and South Lake Tahoe due to snow. 

“We’re in your neighborhood six days a week in every kind of weather. Each carrier delivers to hundreds of homes and businesses a day and the recent weather has been particularly challenging,” said Manager of Postal Operations Crystal Bergquist.  “We’re up for the challenge, but we are turning to the community to help us eliminate safety concerns so we can efficiently deliver your mail.”

Here's what the community can do to keep their letter carrier safe: 

• If you receive delivery of mail to a rural-type post mailbox, clear around the box to allow your carrier to drive up to the box, deposit mail and drive away. 

• If your delivery is at a cluster box, work with your neighbors to clear around the front of the box and the back of the box where the carrier accesses the box to load.

• If your mail is delivered at your residence or business, keep the path to your mail box or slot clear of snow and ice. Delivery personnel, meter readers, friends and family will also benefit from a safe and convenient path to your door.

Providing a safe access to your mailbox helps letter carriers deliver your mail safely and without interruption. 

(United States Postal Service contributed to this report.)