Dozens of mailboxes damaged by snow plows

Posted at 11:46 PM, Jan 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-04 06:19:09-05

Shortly after the first measurable snow fall in Orchard Park, neighbors living on Lake Avenue say several mailboxes were damaged by snow plows.

Residents who spoke to 7 Eyewitness News say not long after snow fell Wednesday and county plows drove down the recently narrowed road, as many as 23 mailboxes on a two-mile stretch of roadway were damaged.

Lake Avenue is often used as a cut through after Buffalo Bills games.

A neighbor 7 Eyewitness News spoke with says not only is it an inconvenience for neighbors, she is worried about the possibility of identity theft from loose pieces of mail and what may happen as winter continues.

“I was out snow plowing and I saw the plows take down my neighbor’s mailbox and knock the door off of mine,” Renee Carrow told 7 Eyewitness News. “Maybe four more snow falls and nobody on Lake Avenue is going to have a mailbox nor are they going to get their mail.”

This wasn’t the first time 7 Eyewitness News has paid a visit to Lake Avenue in Orchard Park. In October, several neighbors living on the busy road confronted road crews after construction on the road ran months behind schedule.

After being contacted by viewers, 7 Eyewitness News reached out to Erie County Legislator John Mills for answers. Mills said he was unaware that the plows had damaged any of the mailboxes, but said he wasn’t surprised.

The legislator said on Monday he would drive down the road to get a feel of the damages and reach out to several departments to work and get the problem rectified.

We will continue to follow this developing story.

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