Drivers Caught Off Guard With 2nd Snow Emergency

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Minneapolis impound lot is buzzing with frustrated drivers. Many say they didn’t hear about the second snow emergency.

“The second snow emergency took everyone by surprise,” said driver, Steve Kramer.

Kramer and his wife thought they were following the snow emergency rules, but say they didn’t hear about the second snow emergency declared Monday afternoon.

“We both took our eyes off the ball,” said Kramer.

Kramer, along with other drivers paid $138 for the tow and $42 for the parking ticket. Kramer said he considered the payment a charitable donation to the city.

But drivers like Nancy Miller said, “I thought it sucked!”

Miller showed up to the impound lot driven by her son Mike Miller.

“I thought they (city officials) did the best they could,” said Mike Miller. “But I don’t think they should charge anyone for the hassle.”

Gennell Lu picked up her car early Tuesday morning. She thought to herself Monday night that the city should declare a second snow emergency.

“I never thought in a million years they actually ever would do that,” said Lu.

The second snow emergency is still in effect until Wednesday.

On Tuesday, drivers should not park on the even sides of non-snow emergency routes until 8 p.m. or until the road is fully plowed.

On Wednesday, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. drivers should not park on odd sides of non-snow emergency routes or until the road is fully plowed.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Edgar Linares Reports

  • at

    They needed to make back the money they lost by giving everyone freebies the first time around

  • Angie

    There were indications about the second snow emergency in the Mayor’s speeches to press even as far back as Saturday and Sunday. So if people were at all paying attention and listening to news information, they would have known. It’s frustrating, but all you have to do is sign up for emails from the city, or they will even text your phone I think. They are doing SO many things to help people know about it, but in the end it is citizens’ responsibility to pay attention and help the city do their very tough job of getting the city up and running again.

  • momoffourinbuffalo

    ok i live in buffalo and i even knew about the second snow emergency. so give me a break

  • Melanie

    There is the option to get the voicemail message or the email whenever there is a snow emergency. All you have to do is go to the City of Minneapolis website.

  • Lawrence

    There is also the option of voting out the idiots who declare random snow emergencies.

    • Patrick

      Was there something random about the snow emergencies called in response to the 5th largest snowfall in the cities since record keeping began? Secondly I doubt any elected officials make these decisions. I assume they might have to sign off on them but it’s probably someone more closely related to the city transportation departments that make the call. Sounds like you just like getting worked up about incumbent office holders particularly if they are DFL maybe.

  • Sarah

    What are people living under a rock now-a-days or what? Please with all the ways Minneapolis has provided for you to learn about the snow emergency; there should be no more gripes that you didn’t know about it. They have it able to call her house phone/cell phone/ text message and through email. Unless your technologically retarded…there is no excuse!

  • T

    They also have a page on Facebook you can fan and it tells you about the snow emergancys. I do not own a car have no need to have these updates, and yet I was aware of the second snow emergancy. I even warned neighbors who parked on the street that they would get towed because of the new declaration and still they parked and got towed. Its on television, radio, and internet that they declared it. I believe all the people who are complaining about having to get their car out of impound should look into the many ways they can be informed of the emergancys. text, phone and internet. Wake up people and get with the program.

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