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Berks residents stock up for the snow

By Jennifer Joas, Reporter, JJoas@wfmz.com
Published On: Feb 12 2014 09:34:50 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 12 2014 10:24:45 PM CST

With another winter blast moving into the area Wednesday night, people across Berks County are trying to prepare.

READING, Pa. -

With another winter blast moving into the area Wednesday night, people across Berks County are trying to prepare. But it is becoming more difficult because there is a salt shortage throughout the county.

Drivers say every store they went into was wiped clean until they got to Advance Auto Parts in Reading.

"I was shocked. They said they had a couple skids in there so I figured would pick some up while I am here," said Chad Harman of Shillington.

"I am surprised. I am about to get on the horn. There are a few of my family members looking for salt and we just cannot find it anywhere. All the hardware stores, they are all out," said Diana Key of Reading.

Where the salt is stocked, it is flying off the shelves.

"Everywhere you go they ran out. A truck comes and it do not last long. Just right out of the truck people are grabbing it," said Jose Rivera of Shillington.

Advance Auto Parts in Reading did not have salt on Tuesday. But it got a shipment in on Wednesday and it is having a tough time keeping it stocked.

"It is amazing we do. It has really thinned out. We are actually leaving right after this interview to go get another skid for the store," said Advance Auto Parts Mobile Parts Pro Jack Reifsnyder.

With more snow in the forecast, people say this shortage could not have come at a worse time.

"This has been a pretty bad winter. So get it while it is hot. Lancaster Avenue. Get it while it is hot," said Key.

"I like snow but enough is enough. This is too much," said Rivera.

Advance Auto Parts sold out of salt Wednesday, which amounts to just over 500 bags sold. Employees tell me they ordered two more skids for Thursday but, depending on the weather, they might not get it until Friday.