There have been so many storms this winter that some places have run out of road salt.
Seventeen municipalities in the Lehigh Valley are in need of road salt, with nine declaring disasters, The Morning Call reported.
In fact, that’s why Nazareth schools were closed Thursday, the Morning Call said — it wasn’t bad weather, they were just unable to salt the roads.
In a case of strange rules that can make a bad situation worse, when there are emergencies, municipalities aren’t allowed to simply borrow salt from neighbors that might have some on hand. The Morning Call said municipalities must contact the county, which in turn will contact the state.
PennDOT apparently has more than enough salt to go around, but red tape is keeping it from getting where it needs to go.