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Slippery sidewalks making salt a hot commodity in Eau Claire

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - Weekend rainfall has left some businesses scrambling for salt.

The City of Eau Claire says it has handed out 450 warnings this winter to homes and businesses for not clearing sidewalks. One local store says it has had a tough time recently keeping up with demand for salt and sand. Pinehurst Hardware Hank in Eau Claire says Tuesday they couldn't even get salt in the door before making a sale.

"This morning when we went over to EC Grow to pick up a pallet of ice melt. The van pulled up out front, and people saw our delivery with the doors open, and we sold twelve bags this morning before we even pulled the pallet off the truck," said Alex Bourdage, who owns Pinehurst Hardware Hank in Eau Claire.

The City of Eau Claire gives out a mix of salt and sand for free to any interested residents. The mix is available across the street from the central maintenance building on Forest Street.

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