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Winter has many communities needing more salt for city streets

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This Sunday is Groundhog Day and many of us may be hoping the little critter won't see his shadow.

Winter has been a challenge for many of us this year. And the Sioux Falls Streets Department is no exception.

And this year, there's been a high demand for salt for the Sioux Falls Streets Department.

Remember how slippery it was driving anywhere Thursday morning?

Some streets departments across our area certainly haven't forgotten how icy the roads were.

And this winter is putting a strain on their supplies to keep our streets safe.

More of these trucks filled with salt are on their way to Sioux Falls.

Sioux Falls Street Fleet manager Galynn Huber said "just knowing all these little one inch and half inch snows, we're always going out there and constantly hitting those things every other day. I'm thinking right now that we've used more salt this year than we have in the past couple of years."

Mother Nature just won't give the Sioux Falls Streets Department a break this winter.

"This year we really haven't had a lot of breaks. We've worked a lot of weekends and hopefully this weekend it's looking like this weekend we going to actually get it off, so it's kind of nice to give the guys a break but this is our job," Huber said.

It's been a busy winter for the streets department. The demand for salt has been running high but the supply has been running low. Last year the city ordered about 20 truckloads of salt a week, this year, they've doubled to about 40.

They hope to have the salt domes filled soon to be prepared for what winter brings next.

And what it brought Thursday was a challenge for drivers on the streets and the crews who make it safe.

"Anytime you get ice on the road, it is hard to deal with, and we struggled with it and struggled with it until the sun finally popped," Huber said.

"That would be nice to see some of that snow disappearing for us, really what I'm looking for is some time of early spring.  We haven't had an early spring for a while and I wouldn't mind having an early spring this year," Huber said.

The streets department says its been a challenge this year making it out to the residential areas to clear our streets. Even though we haven't had a lot of snow at once, it's been pilling up.

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