MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Drivers are still flooding impound lots to pick up their cars after Minneapolis and St. Paul both declared snow emergencies this past weekend. More than 581 people had their cars towed in Minneapolis and another 900 people were towed in St. Paul.

Mike Kennedy, director of Transportation and Maintenance Repair for the City of Minneapolis said the number of vehicles towed during this snow emergency were actually lower than their average numbers.

“We understand there are a few people out there that can’t comply but we really need to finish the job,” Kennedy said. “We hope people comply with the rules, especially today, day three.”

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According to Kennedy, the city is plowing the odd-numbered side of the non-snow emergency routes. And with winter parking restrictions, that is the only place for people to park on those streets.

“During the snow emergency itself, the winter parking restrictions are not in effect and people should abide by the snow emergency rules,” Kennedy said. “Today is the day people can move their cars onto the even side and off of the odd side.”

Kennedy suggests moving your car back to the odd side of the road between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. Tuesday morning because winter parking restrictions go back in effect at 8 a.m.

And with all this snow-removal comes a price tag.

“Well, our snow budget is set at $8.7 million, and we believe it will be over-extended by $3 million,” said Kennedy.

Comments (15)
  1. MandiT says:

    I agree that one needs to comply so the folks get it done.
    I think all the tags and tows on Christmas was so friggen immoral they are rotten bastids too. Just my thought but my gawd City – people from all over towed and many had no idea what you have for rules.
    Just further proof that the TC’s are totally out of touch with things.

    1. Erica says:

      It is up to the host of the Christmas festivities to make sure that their guests know what the parking restrictions are. We had Christmas in Minneapolis and made sure everyone knew where to park. There are WAY too many people ignoring the rules during all of this. I wish they would tow mre. Regadrdless of whether it is a holiday or not.

    2. skip says:

      And maybe after you learn to speak, you will learn to read. Get it? so you can read the signs posted everywhere!!! It’s your fault 100%. Take responsibility and get a job 🙂

    3. Skip says:

      This story was written SO much better than the Pioneer piece. Pioneer made the city and towing companies out to be the bad guys ‘especially on Christmas’! When you walk out of your door and you see snow, guess what… The city will need to plow the streets, and it’s hard to do that with your car parked there! I love the people who are “mad” and “angry” when it’s totally their fault. 100%. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY PEOPLE! TOP BEING PART OF THE PROBLEM AND START BEING PART OF THE SOLUTION! Next time this happens to you and I’m guessing it will… Stop. Take a breath. And think how next time YOU won’t park YOUR car in the way of a plow truck. It’s pretty simple.

  2. Lynn says:

    I feel your pain! Over 1000 cars towed! How much did you pay to get your car out of the pound? At least, I am hoping that the money goes to support our local family towing businesses?

  3. Nelson says:

    Do not blame the city. I am sorry if your car was ticketed or towed, but rules are rules. We can’t stop the world and choose what rules should be applied or taken out because of a holiday. Be reminded that not all cultures even celebrate any winter holidays. As for the workers who had to tow cars this past week, thank you. If it wasn’t for them, people would have a more difficult time getting to their holiday destinations, more less, park!

    It’s important that we all take responsibility, educate and inform ourselves via TV news, websites, newspapers, friends/family about snow emergencies and quite blaming the cities. They are doing their best to get our streets plowed and snow removed so we can all drive safely.

    And to all those people who were towed/ticketed, it’s really annoying when you’re the only car on the street and the plows have to work around you. It’s just not fair to the rest of those who moved their cars appropriately.

    Thank you plowers.

    Last note: If you find yourself blaming the city a lot for miscommunication and/or don’t like the rules, you can always bring it up to the city council or city hall. They are willing to listen. OR you can always just move to a city where snow doesn’t pack up.

  4. Cindy says:

    I live in Minneapolis. Why do you start with the even side after the snow emergencies when that is the side you are keeping clean to begin with? Why did you do a snow emergency over the Christmas Holiday knowing fully many were out of town? I have seen no emergency for more snow. Yep. $$$$$~!!

    1. Nelson says:

      Cindy, I live in Minneapolis too. They don’t start on the even side after a snow emergency is declared. Once it’s declared, “SNOW EMERGENCY ROUTES” are plowed first. There are signs to indicate the routes. The next day, ODD side streets are plowed. And lastly, EVEN sides are plowed to finish up the three-day snow emergency job. That simple. The city even sent out a pamphlet to all residences to show them, with words AND pictures. Here’s a link if you didn’t receive one:


      And to answer your next question about people being out for the holidays. Well, people are also coming into Minneapolis for the holidays. The city looks out for the best of the people’s safety and holidays are not an exception to getting the work done for EVERYONE. Like I said earlier in my post above, not all people celebrate during the holidays.

      Yes, more money, but they need to pay the people to do the job, right? Would you rather plow your own streets?

      1. Erica says:

        Actually Nelson, it’s Snow Emergency routes, then EVEN, then ODD. Odd is always plowed last. Butt you’re right, they lay it out for you on that link. they also tell you in the Snow Emergency phone call that goes out (which you can sign up to get on the city site if you only use cell phones and do not have a land line).

        You can also “like” Minneapolis Snow Emergency on facebook to keep updated on what’s going on and if a Snow Emergency has been declared.

      2. cindy says:

        Nelson, thank you. I beleive I was accurate on day 1, day 2 and day 3 rules. Additionally, we are practically plowing our own streets in the City of Minneapolis. My point was I have seen them NOT declare an emergency over MORE snow. I believe it was an attempt to recoup costs via the homeowners, again. Thanks…

  5. Questions says:

    Who owns the impound lot on Cathlin Street in St. Paul? Who is profiting? How much do you pay to get your car out? I hope at least we are helping to support needy local families when we make parking mistakes than it does not seem as painful if it is going for a good cause? Unfortunately many who are parking in the streets are the needy. Don’t the rich park in the ramps?

    1. anonymous says:

      That’s a great question. They do a bit here on WCCO called “Good Question?”. I think I might ask that for Jason Derusha.

  6. Larry says:

    I don’t have a problem with the City of St. Paul towing to clear the streets of snow I have a problem with them not towing. Western Ave North had a special no parking a week after the 17″ snow fall for a Sunday plowing and it was disregarded. The street still hasn’t been plowed as it should be. Calling the city council rep. for the 5th ward seems to have done no good either. If there was an emergency on this street such as a fire there would be no way in the western world a fire truck could get down the street. God help us because the city isn’t.

  7. anonymous says:

    This is why I don’t live in Minneapolis or St. Paul. Just not worth the headaches. So glad I live in the suburbs.

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