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Mailboxes getting damaged by plows, snow this winter

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NORTH HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

Winter has not been kind and Connecticut roads, cars as well as homes are all feeling the brunt of it. 

However, mailboxes alongside the road were also receiving a beating and some have been completely destroyed by plows.

Nitta Price, of North Haven, said it was "very frustrating" to find her mailbox broken off, but she was not sure if it was damaged by a town plow.

"It could have been, but when I came out here there wasn't a lot of snow," Price said. "But it was on the ground."

If you lost your mailbox in a recent snowstorm, you may be able to get it replaced for free, depending on where you live.

"We got to go curb to curb and if we knock down mailboxes, we'll work with residents and replace those boxes," said North Haven First Selectman Michael Freda.

However, the protocol is different when it comes to the plow pushing the snow into your mailbox and causing it to break.

"That would be a different story," said Freda. "We'll work with the resident."

Because the damage happens so often, some homeowners put up these barriers to protect the mailbox from the plow and the snow being pushed.

Most cities and towns Eyewitness News talked to will cover all or part of repairing your mailbox if the plow hits it. The gray area is when it's the snow being pushed that does the damage.

If your mailbox is completely taken out, officials with the U.S. Postal Service said notify your post office right away, so you can work out a way to continue getting mail.

Sometimes, that broken, battered mailbox may just remain a mystery if you didn't see it happen.

"I'm upset. I mean you're wondering how you get your mail and you got to get it back up," Price said. "When the weather breaks you have to buy another mailbox and they're not cheap."

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