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Published January 30, 2013, 09:39 PM

New “Snow Districts” leaving some Moorhead residents irritated

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - There are some frustrated people in Moorhead tonight. They're learning first-hand, about the city's plan to clean roads in "Snow Districts."

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - There are some frustrated people in Moorhead tonight. They're learning first-hand, about the city's plan to clean roads in "Snow Districts."

Police say about 100 cars parked on city streets were towed for disregarding snow removal signs.

The declaration was broadcast in brochures, on signs, on websites, and in the media. But still: dozens and dozens of drivers didn't get the message, now left without a car, and frustrated.

Lawrence Wittman, Car Was Towed: "It's ridiculous, how's anybody supposed to know."

It's safe to say Lawrence Wittman is a little upset. He parked here, on 11th Avenue South, for a few minutes this afternoon.

Wittman: "All of the sudden today, my vehicle was gone. And I thought it was stolen."

It was actually towed. A new Moorhead ordinance says after a heavy snowfall parking will be even more restricted. All it takes is a Snow Removal Declaration. If you don't abide by the rules, the city will...

Wittman: "Put your vehicle in the impound and charge you 95 dollars to get it out."

And that impound lot filled up fast. Ed's Towing has four crews clearing snow for patient plows. Tow, after tow, after tow.

Nick Grossman, Ed’s Towing: "Pretty much between here, MSU, and Concordia, all day."

The declaration's in effect tomorrow too. Anyone in this red border, near college campuses, can't park in front of houses with odd numbers, until 8 p.m.

Grossman: "Hopefully people get the word out and hopefully there will be less."

It's enough to make Lawrence consider running for city council. Just to get this ordinance changed. Because, he says, without a car, it's a domino effect of disaster.

Wittman: "I would've had to call into work, got fired, moved in with my parents in Badger, Minnesota. My life would've spiraled out of control into complete nothing."

Again, you can't park in front of houses with odd numbers. To avoid ending up in the impound lot you may want to sign up for notifications on the City of Moorhead's website.

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