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Winter Salt Shortage

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By: Liz Tufts


Snow removal companies are facing a big challenge this year keeping drivers safe, a rapidly shrinking supply of salt. It's not just here in New England, the shortage is all across the country.

Inside case snow  management in North Attleboro, Neal Glatt is keeping a close eye on this winter storm, hoping roads won't need much salt. Typically we don't see shortages like this, this is once in a decade. The country is facing a critical salt shortage and it's largely due to the fact that other parts of the country that typically don't have winter weather are now getting slammed with snow, ice, and bitterly cold temps.

Another reason? The shipments of salt just can't get here. "We buy salt from Chile and they bring it up on barges, if the weather is bad the barges get backed up and we don't have salt to use, " says Neal Glatt.

So in the meantime, snow removal companies across the country are rationing what they have and taking other steps besides using salt to keep the roads safe. "We are looking at doing more mechanical snow removal, we are plowing more and deicing, " says Glatt.

Glatt and his company will just have to play the waiting game. "We don't know when the next shipment is, we're hoping we can get some in a week or two, but we may not see any until next winter, " adds Glatt.



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