The U.S. Postal Service is taking the rare step of suspending mail delivery to a wide swath of the Midwest, including central Illinois, as a polar vortex grips the region.
USPS is suspending delivery in the following three-digit ZIP Code locations: 601, 603 through 605, 609, 613, 614, 616 and 617. This includes Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford counties.
Mail from businesses and collection boxes also won’t be picked-up, and commercial and residential package services are also suspended. Retail operations at local offices may be also be limited.
Postal officials say employee safety concerns amid the potentially-record breaking cold prompted the service disruptions.