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Salt supply shortage in Southeast Iowa

Residents and landscaping companies are having a hard time keeping up during this harsh winter and now folks in Lee County, Iowa are dealing with a salt shortage.

Landscapers can’t seem to find any and stores are having a hard time keeping salt on the shelves.

Dean Pfeiferling with A-1 Landscaping in Hamilton is preparing for the next round of winter weather.

“It’s been one of the worst winters we’ve had in five or ten years,” said Pfeiferling.

Pfeiferling usually gets his salt from Burlington, Iowa but his vendor cut him off because salt was becoming too hard to keep in stock. Now, Pfeiferling has to improvise.

“To cut back on the salt use we’ve been putting down rock chips in some places to try and save on it,” said Pfeiferling.

The salt he does find, Pfeiferling is having to pay almost double for.

“I was just taking it on the chin for a while but after the last bills went out and they raised it, I put out a notice that I was going to have to increase my prices by 50% on the salt because I just couldn’t absorb it myself anymore,” said Pfeiferling.

Over at Farm and Home Supply in Keokuk salt is flying off the shelves.

“Every time we get it in, we’re selling out,” said Store Manager John McGee.

McGee says they just got a new shipment in Tuesday morning and they’re selling out quick.

“In all my years of retail, this is by far the worst I’ve ever seen,” said McGee.

McGee says they will be getting another salt shipment on Thursday.

 

Kaylee Pfeiferling

Multimedia Journalist

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