Local Hardware Stores Running Low on Ice Melt

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- Hardware stores are running low on ice melt, an important item used during winter weather.

This winter storm has local hardware stores running low on items like space heaters, shovels and especially ice melt.

Robert Mishler, the assistant manager for Rocking R Ace Hardware, said they sold more ice melt in Jan. 2014 than all last year.

He said this season is particularly bad for the entire East Coast because ice melt goes wherever the demand is, places up north, like New York and Vermont, really went through the supply for the East Coast.

"At times, the truck would roll in and we had people waiting, getting the forklifts out and unloading the salt right away," said Mishler.

Mishler said there are some tips to make ice melt last as long as possible: such as using it sparingly and focusing on safety.

Also, lay it down in places like sidewalks, steps, and a little for the driveway so your car can move in and out.


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