EMA: Enough salt left for just one more storm

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — With more snow in the forecast for Tuesday, state officials are concerned about a potential salt shortage.

The Rhode Island Emergency Management Agency said the current supply is depleted due to the frequent winter storms.

To minimize the problem, RIEMA said it’s now working with local salt supply companies within the state, coordinating with the Department of Transportation (RIDOT) to see what other treatments can be used with the rest of the salt and increasing the use of the sand.

“I don’t know the details like how much tonnage we have left but I know it’s very low,” Armand Randolph of the RIEMA said.

Director of RIDOT says the state has 6,000 tons of salt on hand during a winter storm and they use anywhere between 5,000 and 15,000 tons.

At this point, officials said their supply is good for at least one more storm, but it’s unknown if they can handle two.

Distributors are expecting salt deliveries from South America to arrive in the port of Providence by the end of the month. In the meantime, RIDOT is limiting salt application on some roads to conserve the salt supply.

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