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Area Stores Short On Some Winter Weather Supplies

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     The relentless cold and snowy weather has people stocking up on winter essentials like salt and space heaters. But you might have a hard time finding certain products. 

     For some stores shelves are bare where ice melt would normally sit. The product has been in high demand because it melts ice at lower temps and is safer for pets. But you could be hard pressed to find it for a while.

     "Ice melt we have one of our local suppliers who kind of through their hands in the air saying we'll see you guys in October when we need to order more. All their supplies have been exhausted," said Casey Keller, store manager at Bettendorf's K&K True Value.

     Hand warmers are another item Hayman's ace hardware in Davenport is running short on. Hooks for the heat tape, used for protecting pipes from freezing, are also empty.

     "Very high demand with trailers or older homes that don't have good insulation in the walls or water pipes are on the outside of the walls," said Mark Hayman, owner of Hayman's Ace Hardware.

       Store owners and managers say the short supply is thanks to snow after snow this season and so many days of extreme cold affecting many parts of the country. "Some manufacturers are having a hard time keeping up with the problem nationwide. It's not just a local problem we're seeing," added Keller.

     For dealing with the ice there is still plenty of rock salt available. You also shouldn't have a problem finding things like shovels and space heaters. While the high demand for certain winter items is bringing stores a lot of traffic, like many of us right now, they're ready for a change in the forecast.

     "It is good for business but also it'd be good for business if it got nice outside people get outside and do projects. Obviously traffic is slower because nobody can stay outside too long," said Hayman.

     If you're unable to find ice melt and temperatures are too low for rock salt to have much effect experts say sand is another option at least for traction on slick areas.


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