St. Louis salt supplies spread thin

ST. LOUIS (KSDK) – The city's streets department wanted to make sure the 70,000 people downtown for Saturday's Blues game and Monster Jam made it home safe after freezing rain led to icy roads.

Crews say they salted sidewalks and roads after this morning's rain.

While the streets themselves may not be a problem, the salt supply could be. City Streets Department Director Todd Waterman says the city is over-budget – possibly to the tune of $1 million.

The city typically spends about $1 million a year on snow removal and pre-treatment, but this year, it spent nearly $1 million on a large storm in January alone. With all the winter weather, Waterman says St. Louis could easily hit $2 million this year.

Despite the budgetary concerns, he still ordered a half a million dollars worth of salt, and the city is stocked.

Waterman says not to worry about snow removal – the city will pull money from next year's budget or reallocate money to make sure crews will work after every snow storm.


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