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January 27, 2014

New supplies of salt arrive for next wintry blast

ANDERSON — The city received a 500-ton delivery of salt over the weekend and have another 1,000 tons on order that should arrive in seven to 10 days, officials said Monday.

The additional supply will no doubt come in handy later this week and early next when more snow — how much is still unclear — is expected to blanket central Indiana.

Early forecasts from the National Weather Service indicate there's a 30 to 40 percent chance of snow Friday and Saturday, and again on Tuesday.

Although rumors that Anderson had run out of salt are unfounded, said Brad Land, commissioner of the Anderson Street Department, supplies were running low.

"I think a lot of the problem in getting our delivery was transportation related," he said.

"It definitely exceeded what we had expected," he said of the amount of snow the region has received since mid-December.

Through last week, the city of Anderson spent about $370,000 on snow removal, mostly in the Street Department and Anderson Municipal Light & Power. The cost to local taxing units as a whole has been nearly $500,000 to keep roads passable.

Even though temperatures through Wednesday are expected to remain at a level where salt won't do much melting, the city will continue to apply it to the certain sections of road.

"If we have a section of road that's a sheet of ice, we will salt," Land said. "If we feel there's a chance it will help on hills and at slippery intersections we will salt."

Madison County Highway Department Superintendent Superintendent Scott Harless last week said that the department had used 400 tons of salt and 2,000 tons of sand to keep roads clear.

Another 300 tons of salt arrived overnight, he said. Plow crews were still out Monday dealing with drifting show caused by Sunday's high winds.

"We're looking a lot better today. Right now we're widening roads that have 8-foot drifts," he said. "We're running out of places to put it," Harless said of the snow.

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