If you waited in line for the second shipment of salt and gravel hoping for at least a bucket, chances are you’re out of luck.
A City of Vancouver official says fire halls were expected to get a second helping this afternoon, but there won’t be a third.
Vancouver Fire Rescue says a pair of shipments will also be delivered tomorrow, one between 8 a.m. and noon, and the second if needed before 4 p.m.
— Emily Lazatin (@EmilyLazatin980) January 4, 2017
The news has many residents angered.
At fire hall 14 on Venables street…the second shipment disappeared in minutes.
Joe Morreli lined up at 9 a.m. this morning outside fire hall 14, it was cold, there was no salt so he went home.
But when he came back…it was all gone in 15 minutes as people swarmed the pile.
“They told me I could come back at one o clock, and there would be more, and I get here at one o clock and it’s all gone already, but I saw some people go away with four piles. What’s with that program?! It says one per person, but they went out with four.”
Morelli says he’s angry the city didn’t send someone to monitor how much salt people were taking.
Second round of salt/sand inventory has been delivered to firehalls, although reports are that it was quickly depleted. #vfrsNaCl
— Vancouver Fire (@VanFireRescue) January 4, 2017
And if you were hoping to try your luck buying salt somewhere else, you’re out of luck.
Calls to four different Canadian Tire locations in Vancouver, Burnaby, and North Vancouver say they’re completely out of salt, sand, and other ice melters.
Even more alarming, one location says they may not even get another shipment of salt until next week at the earliest.
Want to try your hand at a Home Hardware location?
One store suggested they went through a year’s worth of salt this morning alone.
They won’t be getting another shipment until next week.
WATCH: Residents load up on salt at a Vancouver fire hall
High demand, short supply
Meanwhile, a Craigslist ad selling salt that openly says it was taken from one of the Vancouver Fire Halls has been taken down, but not before the person was charging up to $80 for it.
It’s a pretty brazen sales pitch – “I have a few buckets of salt on sale. I collected it this morning at one of ten fire halls in the City of Vancouver.”
— Jill Bennett (@jillreports) January 4, 2017
Vancouver Fire Rescue’s Jonathon Gormick says it’s disappointing, and not in the spirit of why fire halls were offering it.
“It’s also more disappointing that someone’s looking to make a profit off this and take advantage of people who are lining up just to get a bit of salt to make their property safer.”
It follows reports overnight that some people had been helping themselves before the salt was made officially available to the public.