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Winter storms mean good business for some in Dubuque

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Between Friday's freezing rain and the winter storm warning in effect for parts of the region, many eastern Iowans are stocking up on winter supplies.

Chris Sloman of Dubuque says he ran out of salt for his driveway and sidewalks Friday. Sloman was shopping at Dubuque's Theisen's Saturday to stock up.

"We ran out of salt, that's why we are here," he said Saturday. "We are also getting gas for the snowblower and those types of things."

But Sloman isn't alone. Jim Lincoln is the store manager of Theisen's in Dubuque. He says it's been a busy couple of days at the store. Through the weather changes, he says the store's salt supply and other winter supplies are dwindling.

"We are faring well with the demand, our supply could always better," Lincoln said Saturday. "The selection is dwindling. I'm not going to lie. We are in mid-season so it's going fast."

Lincoln says the store's ice melt supply is going so fast, there is a limit of two bags for one brand of ice melt in the store.

"I was really shocked how low the supply was here," Chris Sloman said. "I didn't think there would only be a handful of bags here left."

Lincoln says this year, Theisen's in Dubuque ordered 20% more of winter supplies than the previous year. He says he expects the store to be busy on Saturday but slow down on Sunday.

"We just hope everyone is safe (Sunday). If it is going to be as bad as what is being said, stay home. Don't worry about this stuff. We can help you out with whatever you need so stop in, but we just want you safe." Lincoln said.

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