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Salt Supplies Running Low Across Mass.

By Christina Hager, WBZ-TV
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BOSTON (CBS) – Road salt. With more snow headed here for Tuesday, just about every New England community needs more of it at this point, but it’s been hard to come by.

Even on the Presidents’ Day holiday, Revere’s Public Works Supervisor Jay D’Ambrosio was at work scraping up what’s left in the back of the salt shed.

“We’re right now at the bottom of our bones,” he said. “We’re just waiting… We order it by the hundreds of tons, so hopefully we’ll be able to get it before the snow.”

He gets his salt from Eastern Minerals Inc. in Chelsea, where cranes have been working around the clock offloading a ship full of salt that pulled in Friday.

“The pressure’s on. We’ve got to get the ship out so another one can come in,” said crane operator Paul Carlson. “We’ve got to get that salt out of there.”

The company supplies about 60 percent of Massachusetts cities and towns.

“We’ve added probably about three to four ships in slots between the existing shipments we had coming in. It’s just supply and demand happening here,” said manager Paul Lamb. He says he’s gotten calls from states up and down the East Coast asking for help. He’s had to turn some away to give his Massachusetts companies priority. He says he’s arranged to bring in between 200,000 and 300,000 additional tons of salt to meet the demand.

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