HARTFORD - Gov. Dannel Malloy is asking the federal government for help supplying towns and cities with rock salt.

He held a briefing Friday afternoon to announce he is asking for a federal disaster declaration and is working to get salt to those municipalities in need.

Malloy says at least 22 communities have said their supplies are dwindling and they may not be able to handle another storm.

He says the state has prepared a relief package to help restock communities, but local officials need to contact them.

The governor says that any local leaders who need help should contact the state immediately. 

Malloy stressed that the state does not have a shortage and has enough stock for at least four more storms.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal says he is also working to help the state and several local communities running low on salt, a problem not unique to Connecticut.