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Salina affected by salt shortage; company says winter storms to blame

The Town of Salina Highway Department barn can hold up to 2,000 tons of salt, but because of the shortage the barn currently has about half of that.

A quick glance inside the Town of Salina salt barn may lead one to believe it's well stocked, but Town Supervisor Mark Nicotra said it’s actually only about half full.

That's because the distributor has been filling the town's order in small increments rather than all at once. In a statement Cargill - the supplier - said the high number of recent storms has put a strain on their ability to fill deliveries:

With the number of winter snowstorms recently, Cargill has seen a surge of road salt orders that have temporarily constrained our inventory. We remain committed to supporting our customers throughout the winter months and are working with them to prioritize shipments so that public safety is not affected. We are sorry for any delayed shipments and are working as quickly and safely as we can to produce and ship more product.

The Town of Salina Highway Department barn can hold up to 2,000 tons of salt, but because of the shortage the barn currently has about half of that.

Nicotra says the good news for the town has been a recent break in the winter weather, which has greatly decreased the immediate need for salt. That said, Nicotra knows there's a lot of winter left to get through.

“It only takes one big event and they can use all the salt in the barn," Nicotra said. "Our barn holds maybe 2,000 tons of salt. It takes about 200 tons to go around once in a storm so that doesn’t take long for us to use that up.”

Nicotra says this is the first year he knows the town has gotten their salt from Cargill as part of a county contract deal.

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