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As the US grapples with record-breaking snow falls, salt miners are finding an unusual opportunity in adversity. NBC's Ron Mott has more:
Another day in Massachusetts, more snow again.
One of many states' record books may be re-written by winter's end, a season increasingly measured by the inch and by the ton.
A $50 billion price tag nationwide, getting bigger with each storm.
And with Spring still more than a month away, snow fall totals are climbing fast.
In Detroit, 76.4 inches so far - third snowiest.
Chicago, pushing 67 inches - 5th most in its history.
Philadelphia closing in on 5 feet, and New York city, 57.1 inches.
At American Rock Salt, an hour east of Buffalo, New York..."500 tons".
Orders are flooding in as road salt supplies dwindle around the country.
Shortages that even led Connecticut's Governor to declare a state of emergency.
There were similar concerns in neighbouring Rhode Island.
[Soundbyte on tape by Michael Lewis, Director, Rhode Island Department of Transportation] If there is salt that exists somewhere else in the market, we'll see what we can do to get it. About 30,000 tonnes here..."
American Rock Salt has ramped up operations to nearly max capacity.
Two hundred plus miners are blasting salt a quarter mile below ground around the clock, a steady line of big rigs and train cars waiting to haul it away - from Boston to Baltimore, Vermont to Virginia.
And it's all they can do to keep up with demand.
[Soundbyte on tape by Greg Norris, Plant Manager, American Rock Salt] It's been a winter from heaven for us here. With this winter's demand, it's been just a tremendous shipping season for us. "It just gets to a point where you can't shovel it any higher, and you know...I'm ready for Spring."
While the misery factor is high for many Americans, worn out from constantly digging out, salt miners are tired too. But happy for the work, and all that overtime.
[Soundbyte on tape by Ben Nahalka, Miner, American Rock Salt] It's going to be a better year for all the workers. Probably some of them will push $50,000 or $60,000 this year.