Cities who were burned by salt shortages don't plan to be unprepared Wednesday

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LAKEWOOD -- Cities that found themselves without a salt supply for much of the winter are ready for this next round of snow.

"This is the winter that just keeps on going," said Lakewood Mayor Mike Summers. "It's like the Energizer bunny!"

His city has 500 tons of road salt on hand -- they're only expecting to use 200 tons for this upcoming storm.

"If Mother Nature keeps clobbering us, we're going to need every inch of that," he said.

But they'll be stockpiling salt in the next few months -- fearful that demand will trigger a jump in salt prices for next year.

"In my 30 years, this is the worst winter I can remember," says Walt Norek, owner of the True Value in Cleveland's West Park neighborhood. "Typically we have salt bags at this time of year in full supply -- we ran quite low this year, and many stores like mine are totally out of supply."

For him the rough winter has meant more sales in the salt department but an overall "down" year because consumers are less willing to brave the elements to shop for goods that aren't weather related.

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