State denies salt requests

The City of Warren’s road salt supplies are at critical levels, according to Mike Holtz, director of Public Works and Nancy Freenock, city manager.

“The city will start to feel the effects of salt being at critical levels,” Holtz said. “Residents might not see as much material to treat roads. They need to drive carefully, and slow down, especially with the upcoming storm. Try to run errands in advance. There is a pretty good chance of a substantial storm.”

He said that he had contacted the Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency for emergency salt supplies, but even as he spoke, Freenock noted that they received an email from Warren County Public Safety Director Todd Lake saying that PEMA denied the request.

Additionally, Freenock said that Morton Salt, which has the contract this year for Pennsylvania had indicated it would make a delivery, “but the truck never showed up.”

“Stay off the road if you can,” she added.

A request for salt by Conewango Township was also denied.