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Salt Already Running Low in Terre Haute

Snow crews have been working in 12 hour shifts since Monday morning to help keep the roads clear. Officials say they've aready gone through 1,800 tons of salt, and only have around 400 tons left for the entire year.
Snow crews have been working in 12 hour shifts since Monday morning to help keep the roads clear.

"This weather has been ridiculous," said Jeremy Gunder of Terre Haute.

Another round of snow has been keeping road crews busy across the Valley.
   
But this time around, workers were able to get moving before the storm even hit.

"They just do what they can do and they've done a great job so far," said Jane Greulach of Terre Haute.

Terre Haute Mayor Duke Bennett added: "This time it started basically at the end of the work day our crews jumped right on it and worked all night. It all has to do with the timing and the severity of the storm."

But all these storms are causing more problems than just slick roads.
   
Officials say they've aready gone through 1,800 tons of salt, and only have around 400 tons left for the entire year.

"We've contacted the four major suppliers in Indiana, and none of them have anything available, so it we are just crossing our fingers that we don't have a succession of storms like this," said Brad Miller of the Terre Haute Streets Department.

The City of Terre Haute plans for six weather events a year, this winter has already produced nine, and with at least six weeks left in the season, some are beginning to worry.

"One of the problems that we typically have in February is you have ice events more than you have snow typically, so you have to have that on hand," said Bennett.

There is a back up plan in place if the city were to use its remaining salt supply, mixing sand with calcium chloride, but that comes with hefty price tag.
   
"The product works good, it works at lower temperatures better than salt, which is good but it's much more expensive than salt," said Miller.  "In a pinch and in an emergency we could use that to get us by, but it's not something we are going to use every day because it would just decimate the budget."

A budget that is already stretched to the max.

"We are going to be over budget and over time and probably fuel, but we will be okay. I think we will be able to cover that as long as we don't have to work three more significant snowstorm," said Bennett.

While salt supplies may be running low,official says they have plenty of sand on hand.
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