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City of Vancouver runs out of salt

Last Updated Jan 5, 2017 at 6:12 am PST

Salt trucks at the City of Vancouver's Works Yard. (Kurtis Doering, NEWS 1130 Photo)

Crews will be using the honour system in hopes people only take one small bucket worth

Vancouver Fire hoping to make this a daily routine during the cold snap

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – As people struggle with the ice and snow during this wintry blast of weather, some Vancouver Fire Halls are handing out free salt, but it didn’t last long this morning. Ten fire halls had said residents were allowed to take a maximum of two buckets of salt and they’re hoping people make an online donation to any local charity in exchange.

The salt was made available starting at 9 a.m. but less than an hour later it was gone at many of the halls. Just before 1 p.m., the city brought in 20 tonnes of salt and sand. It’s also changing how much salt people can take — it’s now limiting it to one small bucket per household and not two. The offer caused some chaos on the roads with traffic tie-ups being reported around some of the fire halls as dozens of people lined up early, buckets in hand, to get some free salt.

Last night Captain Jonathan Gormick says they had to step in when one man took things a little too far. “We had to physically restrain someone who brought a pick-up truck and was attempting to fill garbage pails full of salt in the back of their pick-up truck, which is more than what any one resident could use for their sidewalk and driveway.”

Gormick says they’ll use the honour system in hopes people will share. “We will have staff watching, but we don’t have dedicated staff standing to watch over the piles. We’re just hoping people act civilized and take as much salt as they realistically need for a residential walkway and driveway.”

Some fire halls ran out of salt this morning prior to opening their doors. “This is for individual property owners, not to use for their plowing and salting company or not to turn around and to sell on Craigslist,” says Gormick.

NEWS 1130 Meteorologist Russ Lacate says there is more snow in the forecast and temperatures will hover around the freezing mark for a while.

Ten fire halls with free salt

  • Fire Hall #3 — 2801 Quebec St.
  • Fire Hall #4 — 1475 W. 10th Ave.
  • Fire Hall #7 — 1090 Haro St.
  • Fire Hall #12 — 2460 Balaclava St.
  • Fire Hall #13 — 4013 Prince Albert St.
  • Fire Hall #14 — 2804 Venables St.
  • Fire Hall #15 — 3003 E. 22nd Ave.
  • Fire Hall #17 — 7070 Knight St.
  • Fire Hall #19 — 4396 W. 12th St.
  • Fire Hall #22 — 1005 W. 59th Ave.