Hundreds towed overnight in Mpls, St. Paul snow emergencies

1:33 PM, Dec 10, 2012   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS - If misery loves company, as the old saying goes, there's plenty of woe to go around in the cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul following the first night of a Snow Emergency.

St. Paul Department of Public Works spokesman Dave Hunt says as of 6 a.m. 1,094 vehicle owners had been ticketed for not moving their cars, and 398 of them had been towed to the city impound lot.

Getting your wheels back in St. Paul is not an inexpensive proposition. After paying a $53 parking ticket, vehicle owners also have to shell out $219.50 cash to get their car out of the impound lot. A $15 per day storage fee may also apply.

In Minneapolis, 380 people were looking for their cars after having them towed on night one of that city's Snow Emergency. Those who get towed have to pay a $150 fee plus take care of the parking ticket to get their vehicles back.

Both Minneapolis and St. Paul have a laundry list of ways you can access Snow Emergency information, and a number of ways you can get a reminder to move that car once a Snow Emergency has been declared.

Minneapolis has announced an extension of the snow emergency into Tuesday. Snow emergency routes will not allow parking on the odd side of the street from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday.

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