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Snow in large supply; salt, not so much

Tana Weingartner

"Pretty lean." That's how Engineer Ted Hubbard describes Hamilton County's road salt supplies.

"The problem isn't that we don't have material on order," says Hubbard. "The problem is the suppliers are having difficulty getting it to us in the quantities that we ordered... We're getting it in but it's coming in very slowly."

Hubbard says the county has already gone through more than 22,000 tons of salt and that doesn't include the most recent storm. As of Monday afternoon the county had just below 3000 tons on hand.

Hamilton County usually spends about $2 million on salt and labor in typical year. Hubbard says he's already at $3.4 million and counting.

Elsewhere in the TriState

Our partners at WCPO put together this neat interactive look at salt reserves and overtime spent clearing roads.

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