Drivers Pay Up After Cars Impounded in Snow Emergency

Updated: 12/10/2012 4:27 PM KSTP.com By: Katherine Johnson

With nearly a foot of snow in 24 hours, cars in Minneapolis are either buried or at the impound lot.

 "I don't know what i'm going to do," said driver Fuad Khalif.  "It's stressful."

Khalif woke up to a missing car, towed from his street because he lives on a Snow Emergency Route.  Once he tracked it down, it didn't make his day any better.  Impound lot workers told him his back bumper was ripped off in the tow.
"I come to pick it up and I've got damages on my car," he said.  "It's going to fall off eventually today if I hit a big chunk of ice."

"It's pretty frustrating because I felt like I was on top of it," said Bill Cook.  Cook came home from working a 12-hour overnight shift to find his car had been towed away.

Not only are drivers paying the $200 fines to get their cars back but there are also other unforseen expenses.  For some, it's a costly cab ride.  Khalif estimates he's out another $400 due to the damage from the tow.

"It's not my fault that they broke my car."

Across the river in St. Paul, tow trucks hauled away nearly 400 vehicles, and the city had issued more than 1,000 tickets.

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