Living the salt life

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TROTWOOD, Ohio (WDTN) – Communities across the Miami Valley are going to great lengths to try to meet their road salt needs.

With a salt shed that’s as filled with echoes as it is anything else, Trotwood has turned to mixing what little salt it has with that sand and gravel.

So how did the city get so short on salt when it thought just a week ago it would have enough?

“We were promised 750 tons we had an order in for it,” says Trotwood Acting Public Works Director Dalton Hines.

But Hines says its supplier, Cargill canceled that order.

Instead it was offered a deal by the company.

“They said we do have 250 tons stored in Willow Island, West Virginia,” Hines says. “I said I’ll take it because that’s our only opportunity.”

But Trotwood had to go pick it up.

The city plans to mix that salt with the sand and gravel to give it about 500 tons for the rest of the winter, which it hopes will be enough.

We called Cargill to ask about when more salt could be on the way.

The company has a salt mine in the Cleveland area.

A spokesperson says it’s mining and shipping salt as fast as it can but that demand has been unprecedented so it’s prioritizing salt based on who has an immediate need.

In the meantime area communities share what they can with each other.

“People have been extremely generous with us,” Hines says.

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