More salt than usual used in Piedmont cities this winter

A winter filled with multiple snowstorms has made ordering salt difficult for Piedmont cities and stores.

“It’s been hard” says Southside Hardware’s Jeff Idol. “We had some salt carried over from last year and it was gone after the first snowstorm in hours.”

It took two weeks for a new order of salt to arrive at Southside. At Lexington’s Lanier True Value, Gail Lanier sold salt to school systems that were desperate for salt.

“Last snow, we had we had people from down east and they came and got it. Some school systems have got to have it.”

Instead of multiple delivery trucks a day, Public Services Assistant Director Richard McMillan says High Point is getting fewer deliveries.

“We used 160 tons Monday night. So far this year [we have used] almost 500 tons of salt. We placed an order to restock but we are getting truck loads every now and then.”

McMillian adds High Point has enough salt if another winter storm arrives.

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