Many Conn. towns facing salt shortages

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February 14, 2014, 5:45 pm
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(NECN: Brian Burnell, Hartford, Conn.) - Connecticut's Governor Dannel Malloy declared a state of emergency. He turned to Washington for help because his state is in need of more salt. The relentless winter weather has eaten up all the salt used to treat roads in several towns across the state.  

The state itself has enough so it is stepping up to help. 88 towns already contract with the state for salt so they are okay. The rest have to turn to DOT.

James Redeker is the Connecticut DOT Commissioner. "Towns will contact emergency management and then the DOT will contact towns directly to arrange for a town to come to one of six facilities across the state of Connecticut where we've been ready with appointments for towns. Front loaders ready to load their trucks to provide them with sufficient salt," said Redeker.

Winter can be a beautiful season, but people we spoke with have had enough.

Allison Larkin of West Hartford says,  "I'm tired of the snow. The snow moreso than the cold because it has been bitterly cold, too? The snow I don't mind the cold."

Her neighbor, John Sitch, agrees. "I think the snow more than anything. The cold, I have a furnace, I'm good to go."

And, as the governor points out, we are not done. Not for a while yet.

"We're not planning for two weeks. We're planning for 60 days of weather conditions that we may have to respond to," said Malloy.

There are 169 cities and towns in Connecticut. 123 of them responded to a survey from the state and 22 of them said, yes, we need help to get through the rest of this winter. 

Tags: hartford, connecticut, New England, snow, winter , Brian Burnell, Dannel Malloy, salt shortage
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