With more snow expected to hit the Lower Mainland on New Years Eve, there’s growing concern that cities across the region will run out of salt for the roads.
Vancouver Councillor Melissa De Genova says it’s been a struggle to get salt.
“I hear the city can’t seem to provide the resources or acquire the salt needed for our own roads, so I’ve heard from a number of residents that are frustrated and very angry about that.”
She says it’s been a struggle not only for the city but for other Lower Mainland municipalities, “they all have orders in and are all fighting over salt.”
The City has approximately 2,000 tons left, which is less than what was needed for the first two snowfalls of the season.
“It’s the City’s job to be prepared, and I think that Vision Vancouver certainly has to put their priorities in check and not use our staff as a shield for, you know, their bad management of the taxpayers’ money.”
The next shipment of salt is not expected to arrive until early January.
“Also, because we are so desperate, and in such desperate need, one of the questions that I will be asking as we come back into council on January 20, is ‘did we have to pay a premium for this salt because we didn’t plan this in advance.”
Meanwhile, the City of Burnaby says they also have close to 2,000 tons left.
Official Brian Carter says they are being careful and only using the “amount required.”
He says they’ve been using a mix of salt and sand to help make the salt amounts last longer.
The city is looking into other resources to get additional supplies, which could mean bringing salt from outside the province at a higher price.
Carter says it’s been an abnormally snowy December.