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Road salt shortage in some suburbs

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The long, brutal winter is putting a strain on road salt supplies.

Some suburbs are running so low, they're cutting back on salting streets.  

13abc's Christine Long where the city is sending out an alert to drivers during this latest snowfall Tuesday night.

The City of Toledo has said its salt supply will last through the winter, but Maumee has a shortage.  In a big red warning post on the city web site, leaders are asking drivers to slow down because residential and side streets may not even get salted.

Call this salt, or white gold.

"It's a hotter commodity than gold for the landscapers and snow removal people. It is at a critical level where you just can't get it," says Steve Fuzinski, the owner of Greensweep Snow & Ice Management which is headquartered on Airport Highway near Toledo Express.

Joe Camp, the Director of Public Service in Maumee, says his city is down to 600 tons of salt on hand, so it's conserving.

Until further notice, salting will be focused on primary roads, intersections, bus routes, and hill areas. 

It's the same salt-stretching situation in Swanton.

Swanton Village Administrator Jon Gochenour says crews have used 67 percent of the village's salt supply for the winter.  He says they're trying to get more salt, but no one seems to be selling any.

"There's a chance we could run out," says Fuzinski. "I've got to say the first time, being in this 35 years, I'm a little nervous that we could run out of salt."

Fuzinski, the owner of Greensweep, says he goes through 1,000 tons of salt per storm.  His 67 salt truck were loaded on Tuesday afternoon and ready to service its customers through the night.  His customers are businesses and hospital parking lots all across the Toledo area.

He says others are even calling his office for help.    

 "We're averaging 50 to 60 calls a day from municipalities, our competition, homeowners that can't even get a bag of salt for their driveways," says Fuzinski.

However, with a month and a half of winter left, Fuzinski says he has to conserve for his customers, too.

As some cities and businesses stretch what's left of salt, they're asking drivers to use extra caution.

"Please, drive slow because a lot of these roads are not treated," says Fuzinski. "They're treating the intersections so you won't drive through them and there'll be a wreck, but don't forget you've got thousands of feet behind where you can slide into somebody."

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