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Salt in Canton is dangerously low, and help won't arrive before weekend snow
Only major roads, hills and intersections will get salt until ODOT supply arrives
Story by AKILAH PORTER


 
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Canton is running dangerously low on road salt and is struggling to keep its streets clear after snow storms over the past few weeks.

The Ohio Department of Transportation is buying more salt to provide cities like Canton with free emergency supplies. But that won’t happen for another week— well after Friday’s snow storm has blown through the region.

Canton Street Superintendent Mike Rorar says he is looking forward to getting the emergency supply, especially since Canton got less than half of what it asked for last month.

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“We placed an order, Jan. 2, for 3,000 tons of salt and we’re still owed 1,095 tons of that order,” Rorar said. “Then we ordered, on Jan. 27, 3,500 tons of salt and we have zero of that. so we’re technically owed 4,500 tons. If we had that amount coming in, we would definitely do a better job in the snow events by salting more of the streets than what we have been.”

With what it has left, Rorar says Canton can only salt main roads, highways and major hills and intersections w. He says all other streets are being plowed.

Rorar also says the city has been working to fill in pot holes caused by the weather. 

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