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Salt Supply Shortage
MONTGOMERY COUNTY -- The deep freeze has led to a salt shortage. Right now, the Montgomery County salt barn is only at 15% capacity. The county says the salt barn should be at least half full.
"We're getting uncomfortably low in our salt supply. We're not desperate yet, but we're getting low enough that we're going to have to start conserving the salt supply so we don't totally run out," said County Engineer Paul Gruner.
"I think it's invitable," said Terry Roberts of Englewood.
Snow and below freezing temperatures have put a major strain on salt suppliers by increasing demand.
"They've told us there are some sort of delivery problems. Certainly the demand is a factor because everybody weants it at the same time," Gruner.
Gruner is hoping for a salt delivery within the next couple days. He's looked into buying from another supplier, but that would cost at least twice as much money.
"We're going to try to stay away from that if possible," he said.
While the county waits for salt supply to be replinished, trucks will be running on conservation mode by only treating bridges, overpasses, curves, hills and intersections.
"It's difficult to get through the neighborhoods. But as long as the intersections and ramps and overpasses are good, then I'm fine," said Marvene Mitchell of Englewood.
Montgomery county also just got a shipment of sand in which crews will mix with a little salt to lay down on rural roads.
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