Mild winter leads to road salt surplus in the Stateline

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OREGON, Ill (WIFR) -- This winter has been a fairly mild one overall and because of that, area streets and sanitation departments are seeing a surplus in road salt and chips supply.

Since the snowstorm that fell shortly after Thanksgiving on Nov. 26, 2018, Rockford has seen only one inch of snowfall in total from six days where accumulating snow fell. For streets and sanitation departments around the region, they've had an easier winter season than normal. This also means that area roads have not needed as much treatment this winter season.

Terry Plemmons, Superintendent of the Streets Department in Oregon, Ill, says that they have not used as much salt compared to average. He says, "We would normally use 250 tons of salt and chips. We do a 50/50 mix. So far this year we have used 50 tons. So we are below the levels where we normally would be but we will see where things go from here."

Luckily, most of the salt that is stored in street department bins and garages can be saved after the winter season by simply covering the salt with a tarp or keeping it under a roof.