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Salt shortage impacting local stores

Updated: Monday, February 10 2014, 05:59 PM EST

By: Adam Del Rosso

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ohio -- 

With all the snow and ice so far this winter, it's no surprise cities and counties are having a tough time keeping their salt stocked. On Monday, we learned local stores are having the same problem.

 

"We use about three different suppliers and it's trickling in. We used to get a tractor trailer load. Now they'll give us an allotment of salt," Scott Campbell, owner of M&M Hardware, said.

 

With the demand going up, you'd expect prices to go up as well, but Campbell told NEWS9 he has been able to keep his prices steady.

           

Regardless of the cost, if there is a struggle to find salt, Campbell said there are alternatives.

 

"Sand is your best alternative. It's relatively inexpensive. You can get it in bags and you can just spread it around. Any sun that is out is going to be attracted to that because it's a darker color, plus you're going to have some grit for traction," he explained.

           

He said kitty litter will work too. Some of the alternatives, Campbell said, are actually safer for concrete.

 

"The calcium is put down on concrete because it's less harmful. Calcium is what they are using at the airport. (You can use salt on) blacktop or gravel," he said.

Salt shortage impacting local stores


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