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Stevens Point salt supplies fall dangerously low


This latest round of winter weather is causing salt supplies to dwindle.

In Stevens Point, the city reports salt piles are dangerously low. Mother Nature has dumped more than 50 inches of snow on the city, according to our meteorologists. That means a lot of sand and salt on the roads.

"It's been an interesting winter, clearly, for everyone," said Stevens Point Mayor Andrew Halverson.

But, the salt shortage is a serious problem.

"We are alarmingly low," said Halverson.

The mayor says the city uses anywhere from 3,000 to 4,000 tons of salt every winter. But this year, that's not enough.

"We just purchased 1,000 tons more which is more than our annual allotment for a snow season," explained Halverson.

But the mayor says after that, there's no more salt.

"The state has engaged with their statutory ability to regulate and limit any sale of salt off of any of the docks only and exclusively to the DOT. So, it is in essence impossible now, even if it were available at any price to buy salt because of that action of the DOT," explained Halverson.

That's why the city has come up with a plan.

"We will take the remaining salt and heat up, what we call heat up, and add to sand, keeping in mind DNR limits, to add the salt to the sand and amplify what we have left," explained Halverson.

He says it's a good plan for now. But he's also crossing his fingers Mother Nature will ease up.

We checked in with the Portage County Highway Department. The patrol superintendent says they're in good shape. While they're not hoping for more snow, they'll be ready if it hits.

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