After Rock Salt Shortage, Some Temporary Restocking

Lots of people showed up for a hot product at Aubuchon Hardware in Essex Junction, Vermont Monday.
ESSEX JUNCTION, Vt. - Lots of people showed up for a hot product at Aubuchon Hardware in Essex Junction, Vermont Monday.

Pauline Yandow and others were here to buy rock salt.

"My daughter told me no one else had it. So that's why I came here," says Yandow.

There's been a rock salt shortage in the region.

Aubuchon manager Jason Firkey says that temporarily ended here with the delivery of seven pallets of ice melting products. He says that's finally good news to tell people who had been leaving empty handed.

"I started taking a list of names down so when it did come in I could call the customers. They can come right in and get it because it's going to go quick," says Firkey.

This has been a tough winter for people clearing sidewalks and driveways.

"This is the worst I've seen it in a long time. I've been here for 45 years and this is the worst I've seen it," says Yandow.

It's also hard for road crews. Vermont Agency of Transportation district administrator Dave Blackmore says the swings in temperatures and switch from snow to rain makes it difficult to keep roads clear.

"You may be driving along on a stretch of road that the sun has been beating on it and has dried it off into a shaded area where you may have some wet roads that could freeze over and become slippery. So, we're out there. We're looking. We're trying to treat everything that we can that we can see but motorist should really drive with caution," says Blackmore.

At Aubuchon an hour after the delivery about half the product was gone and the manager doubted it would last much longer.

"Once this goes, I will be in contact with my warehouse and try to get an emergency truck up here," says Firkey.

It's unclear when the next delivery could happen because so many stores are dealing with shortages.

For now Aubuchon suggests if stores are out of melting products the best bet would be sand. At least that will give you some traction.
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