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Winter Storms Put Significant Dent in Jasper County's Salt Supply

They started the winter season with about 75 tons of salt to use, and now they only have about 25 tons on hand.
CARTHAGE, MO.--- The winter storms have put a significant dent in Jasper County's salt supply. They started the winter season with about 75 tons of salt to use, and now they only have about 25 tons on hand. The superintendent says their supplier is backed up due to the demand, but the department has ways to work around the short supply if another winter storm hits. Jasper County Highway Department Superintendent Bob Burris realized last month they were in need of more salt.

"It was probably the second or third snow event that we had that we started running low," said Bob Burris, Jasper County Highway Department Superintendent.

Burris says usually the salt just sits in their supply storage.

"We don't use it, but this year's been an exception," said Burris. 

An exception because of the recent winter storms.

"The cost this winter has been a little higher than some winters," said Jim Honey, Jasper County Commissioner. 

The department was able to get more salt when they realized supplies were getting low, but still have to wait for the rest of what they ordered.

"They're just backed up. There's such a demand," said Burris. 

County leaders say they'll be able to get by in the event supplies do run out.

"Of course not being able to get salt in a timely manner is tough, but our guys are rationing out the salt," said Honey. 

The department will rely on other supplies to help clear the roads.

"We'll be able to use some ice grit and some gravel type to put with our cinders and that'll help," said Honey. 

The superintendent says they could get more salt the first week of February at the earliest.

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