Snowplowing operations in the eastern United States have been made more difficult because of a shortage of road salt. Prices have increased fivefold as high demand outstrips the ability to mine salt.
Earlier this month, Connecticut declared a state of emergency to speed delivery of salt to communities that had exhausted supplies.
Scott McIntyre, Omaha street maintenance engineer, said Omaha has plenty of salt in reserve. For one thing, the city hasn't had the snowy winter that has dogged the East Coast.
Also, about 10 years ago, Omaha began expanding its storage sheds for salt.
The city now has enough storage space that it can go into winter with a sufficient supply to make it through a normal snow season, McIntyre said.
Even with the storage space, the city in December replenished salt after it was used, McIntyre said.
More recently, resupplying Omaha's stock has slowed because of salt consumption elsewhere in the country.
“We have no worries about a salt shortage,” he said.