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Frozen rivers slow salt deliveries

PEORIA, Ill -- The salt shortage in Michiana and across the country has worsened.


Most of the road salt is shipped on huge barges but frozen rivers are making it more difficult to ship the product from companies to city road crews.


"There's no ice cutters or anything by the Coast Guard or the Corps that breaks it up. It's just the tow boats and the traffic keeps the channel open, and when the ice gets too thick they just start pulling over and waiting until Mother Nature helps us out," said boater Mike Zerbonia.


Another big headache for budget managers around the country is as the demand for salt increases, so does the price.


Counties report paying three times the normal price for road salt.

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