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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Department of Transportation says it's stocked up with supplies to clear the state's highways when it snows this winter.

The department has more than 657,000 tons of salt, sand and treated abrasives on hand. It also has 1.7 million gallons of liquid calcium chloride and salt brine.

More than 13,000 pieces of snow-removal equipment stand at the ready. That includes something new this year - four trucks in the Staunton area equipped with wing plows, which have a front blade and a side blade and can do the job of two traditional plows.

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Maryland’s oyster season could be extended until mid-April after this winter’s icy waters kept many watermen from their harvest.

Watermen are seeking an extension of 10 days until April 14th.

Johnny Shockley of Hooper’s Island told the Salisbury Daily Times that it had been a particularly brutal winter and that the watermen could not get those days back.

Most of the harvesting is done before the New Year but the freeze could have affected many who come to the bay to harvest oysters.

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WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) - Delaware businesses and cities are stockpiling extra road salt after some exhausted supplies during last year's extra snowy season.

The Port of Wilmington will import about 350,000 metric tons of salt by year's end. And officials say the port is on pace to handle up to a million tons of salt to meet demands in Delaware, southern New Jersey and the five-county Philadelphia region.

That's compared to 250,000 tons that passed through the port last year.

It may be the sign of the long winter may have been good for business this summer.

WMDT reports that hotels in Rehoboth Beach say reservations are up.     

The hotels say they have not only seen an increase for this Memorial Day Weekend but tourists are filling up the rooms for the coming months.

At the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel they expected to be sold out by Fourth of July.

If the weather holds up it should beat the slow start of last year when rain and low temperatures took its toll on the tourist season.

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BALTIMORE (AP) - AAA Mid-Atlantic says the brutal winter led to potholes and nearly 120,000 service calls for flat tires.

AAA said in an email Monday that the calls for flat tires from January through April were 22 percent higher than the same period last year. The group says potholes have wreaked havoc on vehicles.

The number of potholes this year is the highest since the winter of 2009-2010, when the storm known as Snowmageddon hit the Mid-Atlantic.

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With the recent winter cold snaps electricity bills are expected to jump for many on Delmarva.

And Delmarva Power is urging customers to use a number of programs that could ease the pain of paying those bills.

Among them are a variety of individually tailored payment arrangements that would bring customer accounts up-to-date over a period of time.

Another allows customers to even out their payments to avoid seasonal peaks in the electric bills.