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Remember how snow emergencies work? Hundreds reminded at impound lots

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Wednesday was a day of recovery for many Twin Cities drivers.

As in, recovering vehicles that were towed to impound lots during the snow emergencies called after this week's storm.

Whether they were out of town, didn't realize there was an emergency, or just got confused about the rules, hundreds of people were working on getting their cars back Wednesday.

As WCCO reports, Minneapolis towed 670 vehicles Tuesday night. Lines at the impound lot snaked out the door for awhile Wednesday morning, the station says, with each motorist preparing to pay about $130 to get their car back.

KARE 11 says they came from across the city – some of them bumming rides from friends, others taking cabs, and some using shoe leather to retrieve their wheels.

Minneapolis says it warned them. The city's director of transportation maintenance and repair, Mike Kennedy, tells KARE 70,000 phone calls and 100,000 emails were sent out to alert residents to the snow emergency.

Pricier in St. Paul

Over in St. Paul, the cost of freeing your car from one of the city's two impound lots is nearly twice as high.

It takes $209 to cover the cost of the tow and one day of storage, the Pioneer Press reports, plus another 15 dollars for each additional day your car stays there.

One St. Paul woman made a last-ditch attempt to save that cost but found that driving your car off the tow truck doesn't work.

Police told the Star Tribune of a woman who spotted her car being towed at 1:13 a.m. She reportedly ran outside, yelled at the tow truck driver, jumped in the car and tried to drive it off the flatbed. While she succeeded in moving the car some distance, cables and chains kept it on the tow truck, the newspaper says, and nearby police officers convinced the woman to return to her home.

St. Paul's snow emergency is wrapping up Wednesday, but Minneapolis has another day to go.

On Thursday, be sure not to park on the odd side of non-emergency routes.

Review the rules for Minneapolis here and for St. Paul here.

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