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Salt shipment delivered to CT

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The Connecticut Department of Transportation received around 5,000 tons of salt this weekend, which will be given out to cities and towns across the state.

Many city and town officials said they've had to dip into emergency funds to buy salt while others said they can't even find a single bag.

"Our municipalities have turned to us for help and ConnDOT has done a great job of stepping up and getting salt to the cities and towns that were facing shortages," Gov. Dannel P. Malloy said in a statement Tuesday. "These non-stop storms have put a severe strain on local supplies and budgets, but we are committed to working together to get through this and keep every mile of roadway safe and passable."

A delivery of 4,851 tons of salt came into the New Haven harbor this weekend. The salt will be given to crews in 42 cities and towns.

Salt deliveries are continually being made to Connecticut and another delivery was made to the state on Monday. State DOT officials said they expect to receive another delivery of 45,000 tons of salt this weekend.

"Despite the difficult winter, ConnDOT has never been short on salt. Our stockpiles have been lower than in the past but certainly not to a point where we have had to restrict our application rates," DOT Commissioner James P. Redeker said in a statement Tuesday. "We are receiving another shipment of salt today and continue to be in a good position for the remainder of the winter season."

DOT officials said they have used about 200,000 tons of salt, so far.

Malloy said last week that since the bitter winter has stretched as far south as Georgia, many salt resources have been tapped.

The delivery on Tuesday Malloy said will help "replenish diminishing local supplies caused by an unusually harsh winter season."

"International Salt is continuing to distribute road salt to private contractors in the state, but has made a business decision to control their supply to ensure that ConnDOT and municipalities have levels adequate enough to handle the season's storm activity," the governor's office said Tuesday.

Many stores in Manchester told Eyewitness News they were sold out Monday night.

"I've just been to five stores and nobody has any left," said Tom Martocci, of South Windsor.

Martocci said his mother-in-law had an icy driveway that's so treacherous, it's basically put her under house arrest.

"There's no way out of the house without her coming into contact with the ice here," he said.

Eight stores later and he said he was finally able to find some.

Even a church can't seem to get any.

"We trust the Lord will protect people and they will just need to be careful when they come in," said Pastor Bim Rowley from the Truth Baptist Church.

Huge snow banks continue to line Buckland Road in South Windsor.

"Stop at the stop sign and inch out as slow as you can, because you really can't see around the corners," said JT Samsel-Plower, a volunteer firefighter in town.

Covered fire hydrants are also a concern.

"The costly minutes that it takes to arrive at a fire, they don't need to be clearing out the hydrants," Samsel-Plower said. "They need to be fighting fires."

Officials said it's the property owners who must clear out the hydrants.

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