DERRY — Ice melt has melted from shelves amid red-hot demand this winter.
Consumers are complaining they can’t find the product as they hunt from store to store.
Andrew Myers of Derry said he visited a half dozen stores in the Derry area over the past few days without success.
“I guess they got wiped out with the storms,” Myers said.
“There is no product out there,” Derry Feed and Supply Co. co-owner Bud Evans said. “You call up vendors and the vendors are out.”
It’s in short supply all over the countryside.
“No, none in stock,” said manager Bob Ducharme of Bridge Street True Value in Pelham. “It’s virtually impossible to get. That’s pretty much the norm everywhere.”
People are finding out the hard way.
“My husband couldn’t find any in Derry yesterday either,” Melissa Edwards DeMarco posted on Facebook.
No matter how far they go, consumers are having a tough time finding ice melt.
“We looked for some all the way to Quincy Saturday and found nothing,” Jenifer Dion said on Facebook. “Unfortunately, nobody expected the winter we have had, and continue to have, more snow coming for some of us.”
Evans said it’s not just the deep freeze around here that’s causing supply issues, but cold in the Midwest and South, too.
Myers conceded he’s concerned about his driveway with more winter to come on the calendar.
“The warm weather over the weekend was not enough to melt it,” he said.
The ice melt shortage comes as the National Weather Service is forecasting another deep freeze for the region.
A series of cold fronts are forecast through Friday. Lows will fall into the single digits.
Consumers are sharing leads and tips on alternatives to ice melt.
“I found table salt works very well on ice,” Tiffanie Brown posted on Facebook.
“Pool salt extracted from sea salt worked for me,” Stephen LaValley posted on Facebook.
Evans said some customers are turning to solar salt, used to soften household water.
“Sometimes they get a little fussy because their choices are limited,” he said.
Some pet owners don’t want to use rock salt that gets on paws.
“It is what it is,” Evans said. “Wipe your dog’s paws off.”
Consumers also are complaining of other weather-related shortages. Getting wood pellets for heat is an issue, they said.
“Bought some bags of pellets at the Manchester Home Depot, and they told me I might as well buy more because they had been out for days and didn’t expect the current shipment to last the day,” Anja Ward posted on Facebook.
The great ice melt shortage likely will be forgotten at some point.
“What will happen, as soon as the weather breaks, is that all this will be a distant memory,” Evans said.
Stores will stock up on more ice melt for next winter, only to see less demand, he predicted.
“You can never win,” Evans said. “One year, we ran out of roof rakes, then the next winter we had all that inventory sitting there.”