For the third consecutive day, salt will be available free-of-charge at 10 fire stations across Vancouver, and City officials are hoping the process will be more controlled and orderly.
Piles of salt disappeared within minutes at all fire stations over the last two mornings, with people waiting for hours and lines even going around the city block.
Video and photos posted on social media show crowds frantically shovelling as much salt as they can into their buckets. And some of that salt has even made it onto Craigslist at $80 per bucket.
- Going, going, gone: Free salt at Vancouver fire stations disappears in minutes
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- City of Vancouver says it is fully stocked with salt, prepared for next snowfall
- Someone in Vancouver is selling salt for $80 a bucket on Craigslist
Residents were initially told they could retrieve two buckets of salt, but there has since been an attempt to limit residents to just one small bucket given the demand for the sudden hot commodity and the municipal government’s shortage.
Earlier in the week, Coquitlam Mayor Richard Stewart tweeted that officials in Vancouver had called his municipal government asking for access to his city’s stockpile.
The City of Vancouver says free salt will be available at the fire stations today, but the time has yet to be announced. When available, free salt will be found at these fire stations:
- Fire Hall #3 – 2801 Quebec Street
- Fire Hall #4 – 1475 W. 10th Avenue
- Fire Hall #7 – 1090 Haro Street
- Fire Hall #12 – 2460 Balaclava Street
- Fire Hall #13 – 4013 Prince Albert Street
- Fire Hall #14 – 2804 Venables Street
- Fire Hall #15 – 3003 E. 22nd Avenue
- Fire Hall #17 – 7070 Knight Street
- Fire Hall #19 – 4396 W. 12th Avenue
- Fire Hall #22 – 1005 W. 59th Avenue
More snowfall is expected today and throughout much of next week, however, temperatures will be slightly warmer – increasing to just below or above the freezing point.