Boone Co. Running Low on Salt, But Has Enough for Storm

4 years 8 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, February 04 2014 Feb 4, 2014 Tuesday, February 04, 2014 11:51:00 AM CST February 04, 2014 in News
By: William Joy, KOMU 8 Reporter
loading

BOONE COUNTY - Boone County Public Works said it's running low on salt, but that it has enough for this week's winter storm.

Chet Dunn, the road operations manager at Boone County Public Works, agrees with Boone County Presiding Commissioner Daniel Atwill that the county is running low on salt, but Dunn said the county has enough for this storm. Earlier, Atwill told KOMU 8 News the county did not have an adequate amount of salt for the storm. That's a fact fellow commissioner Janet Thompson disputed.

"We're low. Everybody in the state is low. There's a shortage out there, a supply issue of getting salt to the depots and then to us," Dunn said. "We have plenty for this event, and probably the next two events after this. No problem on this one."

Dunn said right now public works has about 300 tons of salt and uses about 200 tons for each big snow. Dunn added they also have about 600 to 700 tons of sand/salt mix, which is used when the temperature gets below 20 degrees. He said salt is not effective at that temperature and the sand provides traction.

But more salt is on the way.

"We have salt that's supposed to be delivered this week and next and we're working on procuring some more," Dunn said. 

Dunn also gave a rough timeline for when the roads should be cleared.

"Once the snow stops, it's going to take at least 24 hours to get all the paved roads cleared and then it'll take three shifts [days] to get all the gravel roads cleared."

Dunn urged people to simply stay off the roads.

"When it's snowing an inch an hour, there's no way we're going to be able to keep up with the snow fight, Dunn said. "We're really not going to make any headway until the snow stops."

If you're trying to clean off your driveway, Dunn has a few tips to keep you from doing double the work.

"When you get this much snow, there's no place to put it in subdivisions, so it's going to be an issue with people's mailboxes and there's not a whole lot we can do," Dunn said. "If they can shovel their driveway, shovel with the flow of traffic so the plow can carry it the right way and not fill their driveway back up."

More News

Grid
List
COLUMBIA - One person was killed in a crash late Saturday night off Blackfoot Road and Parkside Drive, police said.... More >>
7 hours ago Sunday, October 21 2018 Oct 21, 2018 Sunday, October 21, 2018 12:47:00 AM CDT October 21, 2018 in News
HERMANN - One person was killed and several people were injured in a crash involving a trolley, according to the... More >>
7 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 11:57:00 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
(CNN) -- President Donald Trump announced Saturday that the US is pulling out of the landmark Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty... More >>
14 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 5:11:00 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA – Nineteen members of Missouri Task Force One returned to Boone County Fire Protection District headquarters Saturday morning after... More >>
16 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 3:16:00 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A man has been criminally charged days after a woman's body was found near Fellows Lake at... More >>
17 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 1:58:08 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
SPRINGFIELD (AP) — A Springfield woman who killed her live-in boyfriend with a crowbar in 2017 has been sentenced to... More >>
18 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 1:48:36 PM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A restored St. Louis prairie of native grasses and flowers is in bloom, but the nature... More >>
23 hours ago Saturday, October 20 2018 Oct 20, 2018 Saturday, October 20, 2018 8:50:24 AM CDT October 20, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Sen. Claire McCaskill spoke about health care in Columbia on Friday at Laborers Local 955, as part of... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 7:35:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - After realizing the underrepresentation of Hispanic business owners in mid-Missouri, three Hispanic professionals established a group of 12... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 5:49:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - This is the last week of the regular season and it's a cold one. Our game of... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 5:20:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in Friday Night Fever
COLUMBIA - Two Midwest companies issued separate food recalls this week for bacterial contamination concerns. Hy-Vee said its supplier,... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 4:53:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
CAMDEN (AP) — Toxicology tests show that a boater was drunk when he slammed into a bluff at Missouri's Lake... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 3:41:35 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - The Legion of Black Collegians and the FourFront Marginalized Student Council held a solidarity walk Friday to show... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 3:39:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - The Missouri State Medical Association (MSMA), along with multiple medical associations, reaffirmed their opposition to the three... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 2:50:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - For the fourth consecutive year, Project Homeless Connect provided services Friday for people who are experiencing homelessness... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 2:39:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Mega Millions jackpot has soared to an estimated $1 billion, as the second-largest lottery... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 12:10:00 PM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
JEFFERSON CITY - Police want the public's help finding a man who allegedly ran from a traffic stop after hurting... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 11:42:00 AM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
COLUMBIA - Two MU residence halls and an atrium were officially dedicated on Friday honoring three former MU students. Lucile... More >>
1 day ago Friday, October 19 2018 Oct 19, 2018 Friday, October 19, 2018 10:09:00 AM CDT October 19, 2018 in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 33°
8am 34°
9am 37°
10am 43°
11am 47°