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State tells cities and towns to tap into its salt supply

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NEW HAVEN, CT (WFSB) -

A national salt shortage has created a headache for cities and towns across Connecticut, officials said Friday.

The governor and congressional leaders asked for federal help to make sure there is enough salt to cover the rest of the winter.

Municipal officials said they order salt based on what they average during a three-year period. This year, however, they said the math just has not added up.

They said they've been clearing Connecticut roads non-stop this winter. Many town leaders said they only have enough salt for one more storm.

With two more storms, Saturday and Sunday night into Monday, expected to hit Connecticut this weekend, DOT officials are coordinating efforts to get salt to the towns in need.

The state plans to reach out to the leaders in all the Connecticut towns to see their salt needs and make sure they have salt for the upcoming wicked weather. The state received about 30 tons of salt today and more is supposed to be coming before month's end.

"I want to make sure my state has the salt," said Gov. Dannel P. Malloy. "And that salt is distributed in our borders so communities can keep their citizens safe."

Towns such as North Haven said they've had to run out and purchase last-minute salt at roughly triple the cost. North Haven's first selectman said it originally cost the town about $84 a ton, but recently that price ballooned to $230.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal said Friday in New Haven that he was working with cities and towns to gather information so he can get money to help offset those costs.

Blumenthal also said he's monitoring salt distributors for possible price gouging.

"The remedy will be money coming back to cities and towns that may be the victims of price gouging," Blumenthal said.

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