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Kentuckiana counties concerned about salt supplies for winter storms

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GEORGETOWN, Ind. (WDRB) -- Floyd County emergency management officials say they could handle two more storms before running out of salt supplies.

"Salt is in real demand right now," said Terry Herthel, Floyd County director of emergency management. "We have people calling around trying to find salt, and it's not easy to come by."

Herthel says the county has only about two-thirds of their total salt supply remaining.

"Two or three times, we've refilled, but it seems like soon as we get it in, it's gone," Herthel said.

He says what is left will most likely handle two more winter storms.

"We've even made calls as far as Texas," he said. "And with the situation there is, we need to go there to get it -- and that's not feasible."

Even if Herthel can get the salt, Floyd County is strapped for cash, and the salt is not cheap.

Officials say each ton is $60.82, but salt trucks use $44,276.96 worth of salt in 24 hours.

"I think everybody's feeling the crunch, but with our situation, it's been pretty bad.

Oldham County officials say their supplies are also low. Road Department Superintendent Lance Lashley says the county has been waiting on 300 more tons without much luck.

"It's hard to find right now. I've called two or three suppliers and they won't even take orders right now," Lashley said.

Lashley says that leaves Oldham County with enough salt to handle four or five more storms.

When asked what happens if Oldham County runs out of salt, Lashley responded: "That's a good question. We've never done it yet, so hopefully we won't do it this season."

If that happens, Lashley says crews will continue plowing without salt.

Meanwhile, Metro Louisville's Public Works Department says its supply is just fine.

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