- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - A Des Moines official says the city will have more than enough salt to treat snow and ice on the roads this winter, though the brutally cold season will deplete their stockpile.

Des Moines Public Works Director Pat Kozitza says the city had about 14,000 tons of salt at the start of winter. There’s about 5,500 tons left.

Kozitza says that’s more than enough to properly treat the city’s roads, though there won’t be a lot of carry-over for next winter. He adds that safety is the top priority, and officials will reorder salt midseason if needed.

Snowfall in the city has accumulated slowly over the weeks. But Kozitza says just several inches of snow here and there needs to be handled with de-icing materials.

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