With snow falling almost weekly recently, it has caused residents to wonder how much it has eaten away at the salt supply.
"We still have a good supply of salt, but we ordered two more loads this morning," Clay County highway Superintendent Pete Foster told The Brazil Times Thursday. "Each load is about 25 tons, so we'll have an additional 50 tons of salt to get us through the rest of the season."
Foster added the Highway Department was utilizing a salt/sand mix, primarily on intersections, in moderate amounts.
"When the snow is still falling, we use it sparingly because it just gets covered right back up," he said. "But by getting some down, it allows motorists a little more traction."
In addition, Foster said the department would focus more heavily on plowing as the snowfall slowed.
On the city level, there is some question as to if there is enough salt to get through this winter.
"Right now, we have about 100 tons of the salt/sand mix already prepared, with approximately another 25 tons of salt that can be mixed," Brazil City Street Department Supervisor Mike Head told The Brazil Times. "However, if it keeps snowing as frequently and as much as it has in recent weeks, I'm not sure we will have enough to get us through winter."
He added that with the amount of snow that fell Thursday morning, his crew waited until the early afternoon to start putting the mix on the roads.
"We held off that way we didn't waste a whole bunch of it, only to have the snow cover it all up," Head said. "We spent the morning trying to plow the roads so the mix would be as effective as possible once we did get it down."
According to the National Weather Service, a Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect until 9 a.m., Friday, for Clay County and 38 other counties in Indiana.