State to help towns low on salt

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — The state of Connecticut has requested an emergency disaster declaration from President Obama to address potential municipal road salt shortages, Gov Malloy said Friday.

22 out of 122 towns contacted by the state said they are in need of assistance, and beginning at noon help will be made available to those towns.

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“I want to encourage towns and cities to reach out to us if they need salt,” the governor said. “We can be of assistance and plan on being of assistance.”

88 towns contract with the state to get salt, DOT Commissioner James Redeker said. Those towns will get their supply before the DOT resupplies itself.

DOT Commissioner James Redeker talks about plans to get road salt to towns and cities,  Feb. 14, 2014.
DOT Commissioner James Redeker talks about plans to get road salt to towns and cities, Feb. 14, 2014.

“The rest of the towns, who are not on the state contract, have an opportunity to use DOT surplus resources,” Redeker said. Towns will contact the DOT, and then an arrangement will be made for the town to pick up salt at one of six DOT facilities to help with the upcoming storm, he said.

Some communities, in an effort to save money, do not contract for salt and take their chances. They are the ones experiencing shortages.

The state DOT says they are in pretty good shape.

“We as a state are going to be supportive of our municipalities,” Malloy said, “those who participated in our contract and those that did not.”

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