Some local street departments trying to keep roads bland the remainder of this winter say they need Cargill to pass the salt.
Driver Bob Cumizalsky waits Friday while Maximi Jiminez fills his plow truck with salt.
Gary Gleason, director of Public Works for Hammond, stands near the city's salt barn on Conket Street. "Salt works perfectly above 32 degrees. When it goes under 32 degrees, it slows down and when you get into single-digit degrees, it doesn't work," Gleason said. "So you have to start rationing it."
City of Hammond mechanics Rick Ward, left, and Michael Schultz, center, on Friday prepare a plow on a truck driven by Matt Marcum, right, in preparation for the next snowfall.
Thanks to the heavy snowfall in January, some region cities already have paid out more than $200,000 in overtime pay and used more than 8,400 tons of salt to help keep the streets clean.
VALPARAISO | Valparaiso's Board of Public Works and Safety approved the contract last week to build the salt barn at the new public works campus, but the harsh winter is causing a salt shortage now.
VALPARAISO | One month into winter and the city already has used almost as much salt as it did all last winter.
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Joe Ferguson, 17, of Dyer, stocks bags of sidewalk salt Monday at Gus Bock Ace Hardware on Ridge Road in Lansing, Ill.
Today's blends of salt-based products for eliminating ice on sidewalks and driveways includes additives to prevent harm to pets, concrete and landscapes.
Blends of salt and chemical combinations create better options today for not only keeping winter roads safe, but also to prevent harm to vehicles and vegetation.
Valparaiso University student Abby Accettura said she plans her winter footwear based on how much "white" she sees on the sidewalk outside her window.
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Homeowner Millie Stephan, right, and friend Debbie Hager hug after a fire at Stephan's home on Sassafras Drive in Salt Creek Commons. No one was home at the time of the fire.
A firefighter walks away from a home at 424 Sassafras Drive in Salt Creek Commons on Wednesday after it caught fire.
A burned couch sits outside of 424 Sassafras Drive after a fire at the home Wednesday in Salt Creek Commons in Union Township.
No one was injured after a home at 424 Sassafras Drive in Salt Creek Commons caught fire on Wednesday.
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Crews prepare sand for transport at the Lake County Highway Department facility in Crown Point. The county also has 7,000 tons of road salt ready for winter's worst.
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