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Delaware Crews Use Grit as Salt Supplies Dwindle
DELAWARE COUNTY (Rob Wells/Kate Liebers) -- Snow crews in Delaware County geared up for the big storm expected Tuesday night, but said their salt supplies are running low.
Delaware County engineers said they have used 4,200 tons of salt to clear the area streets. They said they have enough to get through the latest storm, but will need a lot more if bad weather is expected in the weeks ahead.
"We've probably ordered close to 6,000 and we've got 1,000 delivered, so we are behind," said Jerry Ungashick, a Delaware County engineer. "(We're) not panicking much yet. We've gone to grit, where we are mixing salt and grit."
Crews here are scheduled to work 12-hour shifts, if not longer.
County leaders said they are especially concerned about areas north of Route 23, which tend to get the most snow and ice.