Every winter we get a number of calls from residents whose mailboxes have been hit by the heavy snow and ice that is forced out by the blade of passing snowplows. Although we are sorry for the inconvenience this causes, we must clean the entire road. This often means two lanes worth of heavy snow will hit mailboxes as the trucks go by. There is no escape from the hardships of a South Dakota winter - including the toll it takes on mailboxes. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding in our efforts to keep our streets clear. We do not replace mailboxes damaged by force of moving snow.