Salt Shortage Hits Omaha Contractors

OMAHA (KPTM)- A slushy, wet, and snowy Thursday could lead to some slick streets overnight.

Local road crews and private contractors said Thursday, the main thing they use to keep the streets from icing over, salt, is in short supply.

"It's frustrating because you definitely want to take care of your customers so they can take care of your customers, but not being able to get it as fast as you'd like it or can get it has been frustrating," said Todd Metzler.

Metzler owns '85 Maple' with his wife, Kris. He said there may not have been much snow this winter, but there's been a large demand for salt.

"Always is a demand for the salt, so we really don't need a lot of accumulation," said Metzler.

Metzler said the long winter nationwide has dwindled salt supplies as salt companies struggle to keep up with demand.

"A lot of activity going on with storms-there is a major shortage with supply," said Metzler.

Metzler said his four bins are empty, and it takes 16 semi-trucks to fill them up.

One was able to drop off salt Thursday afternoon, but Metzler said it won't last too long.

"Maybe an hour, hour and a half," said Metzler.

Officials at the city of Omaha said salt supplies are okay for the city, but it's the private contractors that are struggling.