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Delayed salt deliveries had cities worried for another snowy weekend


You've probably been driving around realizing the roads are still slick and snow covered in some spots. That's because salt trucks in certain areas haven't been hitting the streets as hard as they could be.

Jessica Clark, the St. Joseph County public works engineer, says they've seen a 2 week or even up to a 3 week delay in salt deliveries. Clark says when the roads were shutdown because of winter weather warnings, so were the salt deliveries. "You just have to coordinate and manage your storage supplies to make sure you order enough ahead of time to make sure you're receiving those materials. So far we've been able to stay up with that," she says. Currently right now, St. Joe County supplies are sufficient.

Clark says St. Joe County has enough space to store as much salt as they need. So for the county, they had no problems with having to wait on deliveries. But for smaller cities like Mishawaka, they haven't had that same luxury.

Tim Ryan with the Mishawaka Streets Department said it had been nine days since they had gotten a salt shipment and the one that came in earlier this week wasn't even half of what they ordered.  Patience was wearing thin. "People are scrambling to get the salt in, and salt companies are behind on their shipments," Ryan said.

"Every time a snow emergency is declared, they can't operate on the roads. Every time a snow emergency is declared, we can't get parts to repair our vehicles on the road so it all kind of comes together." Ryan said Mishawaka had been rationing their salt because of last week and this week's snow storm.

They're not worried about the one coming this weekend, though, because they finally got the rest of their salt delivery on Friday.  They got another shipment of 300 tons while I was there Friday afternoon.  Ryan said by the end of the day they would have more than 400 tons on hand to take care of whatever happens this weekend.

In fact, as soon as the salt came in, the trucks loaded up, and hit the street, ready to tackle whatever mother nature throws at us this weekend. Mishawaka wasn't the only city in limbo. Elkhart was also waiting days for their shipment to arrive, and luckily. 300 tons of snow showed up Friday afternoon for them as well.

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