Ice Melt Supplies in Grand Junction Freezing Up

By: Jessica Zartler Email
By: Jessica Zartler Email

Although we haven't seen any snowstorms for a few days, ice is lingering in parking lots and private roads across Grand Junction
and ice melts supplies at local retailers are freezing up.

Mary Lord is the property manager for Northwoods Apartments and is tasked with keeping the parking lots clear. She says she's had enough of the frozen stuff.

"It's an uphill battle and probably by the time we get it cleared
off there's gonna be another snow storm," Lord told 11 News on Tuesday.

Making the hill slicker, a shortage of ice melt.

"We went to the store yesterday, Lowe's was out, Home Depot was out and Sam's Club was out."

Ironically, Home Depot says it's trucks had trouble getting over the mountain passes, and as snowstorms build up across the country, so does demand.

But one local store we found has more than enough.

Ace Hardware Assistant Manager Janet Stratton says her store stocked up extra, counting on the demand.

"Last week we sold out a lot so we ordered a lot more for this truck to try to plan ahead," Stratton told 11 News on Tuesday.

She says sales for ice melt, sleds and shovels are heating up.

"Like hotcakes. We can't keep the ice melt very long."

She says she's seen people fall in the parking lot without it.

Mary Lord is worried about the same thing happening to the people who walk in her parking lots.

"It bothers us because we want our people to be safe."

And even though she managed to get her hands on some salt sand mix, she's not taking any chances, she's breaking out the heavy artillery with a blad to cut ice--atleast until Spring.

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