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Road salt supplies dwindle in southern Wisconsin

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MILWAUKEE (WKOW) -- Salt supplies are dwindling in southern Wisconsin because of the cold, snowy winter of 2013-14.

Relief is on the way, but it's been delayed. Two ships are bringing tons of salt from Canada to the Port of Milwaukee, but they've been delayed because of ice in the Straits of Mackinaw.

Even when the ships get in, the port manager says there's a waiting list for salt.

"These ships are pretty much a Godsend, that they are bringing it in so late in the season. Those boats are bringing in about 25,000 tons, which is hard to say how long that will last," said the port's Wayne Johnson.

The two ships are scheduled to come in Wednesday.

The salt is distributed to cities in a 90-mile radius from the Port of Milwaukee.

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