Salt Shortage in WNY?

February 6, 2014 Updated Feb 6, 2014 at 1:07 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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February 6, 2014 Updated Feb 6, 2014 at 1:07 PM EDT

TONAWANDA (WKBW) There's no doubt this winter has hit Western New York hard, and the more snow and ice there is, the more salt local municipalities have to go through. And while some say they're doing just fine, others aren't as lucky, and are being stretched quite thin.

"Unfortunately they can only deliver 100 ton a day and it takes 200 ton basically to do all our streets once," Town of Tonawanda Highway Superintendent William Swanson said.

High demand from around the region means deliveries of salt from Canada are taking longer, leaving a short supply in the Town of Tonawanda, and one of two salt sheds empty.

Because of that, the town has decided to only salt its main streets and intersections, leaving the side streets alone.

"It's not a safety issue at this point, it's just that everybody is going to have to be more careful. Intersections will all be salted so you'll be able to stop and everything, just when you're driving in the middle of a block you'll have to drive a little slower," Swanson said.

The Highway Superintendent estimates his crews will triple the amount of salt used from last year, and even that isn't enough.

"Actually I'm calling around to see if anyone has any salt we can borrow. I've talked to some of the other communities. We share a lot so we'll get it solved," he added.

One area not facing problems is Erie County. Usage is up, but deliveries from a salt mine outside Rochester are keeping county barns stocked.

"We're going through it pretty quick but there are no problems getting deliveries of salt. It's costing us more than we anticipated so that might be a little issue, but supply is not an issue with us," Erie County Director of Engineering Charles Sickler said.