Salt Shortage? 'No Problem' for AR Road Crews

JACKSONVILLE, AR-- With another round of storms set to hit parts of the country, some Arkansas cities are short on the salt needed to de-ice roads. The salt distributor Jacksonville road crews usually use says it's all out of the hot commodity. So Jacksonville's public works director is improvising by buying bags of salt from a Texas supplier, instead of buying it in bulk. Crews are also using more sand, in combination with salt. Now, road crews and business owners are making sure they're ready for what Mother Nature brings. "Our stockpile of sand is right down here," says Jacksonville Public Director Jimmy Oakley. Meanwhile, business owners say they're getting ready for the weather ahead of Valentine's Day this week.
"The main issue for me in a storm is getting my employees to the store so that we can work and get our arrangements made for delivery on Friday," says florist Karen Abrahamson. The salt supply from Texas will get to Jacksonville in about a week. But the public works director says he's confident what they've got now will get them through this next storm.

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