Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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February 17, 2014

More snow could potentially wipe out local salt supplies

BLUEFIELD — Area localities are starting to run short on salt and other abrasives for snow removal.

Last week’s monster storm, which dumped more than a foot of snow on the region, has further impacted supplies.

Former Bluefield City Manager Jim Ferguson said last week the city is running on their reserve salt supply right now. Ferguson resigned effective Sunday as city manager.

“As of right now we are OK, but we don’t know what may lay around the corner in terms of another storm,” Ferguson said. “If we do get another storm we will exhaust what we have. We have ordered more salt but since the weather has been bad we have not received it yet. Hopefully with a couple good days of weather we can get the load of salt we have ordered. Until then we are just conserving what we have.”

In the town of Bluefield, Va., salt supplies appear to be holding up.

“All indications right now say that we are in good shape with our salt,” Mayor Don Harris said.

The city of Princeton still has salt supplies, City Manager Elke Doom said.

"We are in good standing with enough salt to see us through the winter season," Doom said. "We didn't use as much as anticipated last year so we had adequate reserves to see us through this tough winter.



— Contact Anne Elgin at aelgin@bdtonline.com

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