Local towns and villages experience salt shortage

Updated: 02/25/2014 5:46 PM
Created: 02/25/2014 4:45 PM WHEC.com
By: Josh Nichols

With those low temperatures and falling flakes in the forecast for Tuesday night, there will be a lot of salt trucks out on the roads Wednesday morning. With the winter we've been having, rock salt usage across the country has been at an all-time high and that has been impacting some local villages when it comes time to salt their own roads.

American Rock Salt in Groveland, Livingston County, is one of the primary sources for rock salt for communities, not just in the Rochester area, but for most of the northeast. News10NBC was there earlier Tuesday and noted just how low the pile of salt was. What is left of the salt has already been spoken for by the New York State Department of Transportation. 

Because of this and the fact that American Rock Salt is having a tough time keeping up with the demand, some communities, like the town of LeRoy, have had to take steps to conserve salt so that they have enough to last the rest of the winter. For area residents, that means some roads are treated while others aren’t.

News10NBC checked in with other highway departments in towns and villages in the Rochester area to see if they were experiencing a similar shortage. Many “beat the rush” and stocked up well in advance and are not seeing a supply problem. 

Some communities are noting a delay in the time it takes for salt to be delivered. News10NBC reached out to American Rock Salt. They say they are working to make sure all of their customers have their needs addressed, both in the short term and in the long term. 

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