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Townships low on salt due to storm in the south

By: WJAC Web Staff

RICHLAND TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- The Public Works Director for Richland Township, Cambria County, Rian Barker, said the township uses about 30 to 40 tons of salt to treat the roads for one storm but currently they only have about 20 tons.

Once we saw they had all the ice down south, we figured with the state of emergencies down there they would be shipping a lot of stuff down south where theyre not used to having the salt, said Barker.

Several areas from Somerset to State College have reported salt shortages, however crews are not sure they will get what they need in time.

If a particular area does run dry, a state of emergency would be declared, at which point salt would be delivered from different locations.

They are delivering it as fast as they can mine it; we get it out of DuBois so we are waiting on a rail car. Theyve been trying to give us a little bit, because we have about 250 ton on order, said Barker.

Roads conditions could continue to be bad until officials solve the salt issue.

Barker suggests drivers should be more cautious to prevent accidents.

Officials from several different counties spoke with 6 News and only one has declared a state of emergency because of their salt supply.

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Edgar Snyder

Washington Times