Vehicle owners suprised by mounting snow in city's impound lot

8:20 PM, Dec 15, 2013   |    comments
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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- One of the toughest parts about big storms for people living in a city is often getting their car off the street during cleanup.

Portland declared a citywide parking ban on Saturday from 10PM to noon on Sunday.

Yende Pancless says his car was towed during the storm and when he arrived to the impound lot to pick it up, he was suprised to learn he'd have to dig it out.

"They give me this one to do it for myself before I can take my car, says Pancless. "And I'm sick!"

Senior Parking Offical, Andrew Martin says Public Services is responsible for plowing the impound lot after a storm and the rest is left up to vehicle owners. 

"If it's necessary that they need to come back to deal with it... Bring back sand/salt... We might be able to have some stuff brought down," says Martin. He encourages people who've had their car towed to bring shovels when they come to the impound lot and to dress for the weather.

"We have one shovel that they can use and unfortunately the snow drifts are pretty high," says Martin.

In total, 105 cars were towed to Portland's impound lot. Martin says the number of cars towed will often lessen throughout winter.

There is a yellow zone parking ban in effect in Portland from 10PM Sunday to 6AM Monday.

The yellow zones are within Commercial street to State street and as far east as Franklin Arterial Street to State Street on the West side of Portland. Here is a map: http://1.usa.gov/19rrbtE

Places people can park at no charge during a parking ban include:

• Deering Oaks - on the left hand side of Tennis Court Road only
• State Street gravel lot - abutting Deering oaks
• Fitzpatrick Stadium parking lot
• Hadlock Field parking lot
• All Portland Public School lots EXCEPT the lots at Reiche School which abut the school and playground
• Parking lots on Munjoy and Wilson Streets, formerly known as the Adams School
• Cutter Street lots (off the Eastern Prom)
• Beach Street lot accessible from Commercial Street. (Available after 8pm tonight)
• Lot across the street from the International Marine Terminal on Commercial Street (corner of Park and Commercial Streets)
• On Peaks Island, parking is available at the Welch Street parking lot and St. Christopher's Church parking lot on Central Avenue
• Many parking garages in the area are open for parking bans at reduced rates - check with individual garages for rates and hours. For a complete list of city-owned and privately operated parking garages, visit the city's website at http://www.portlandmaine.gov/parking/offstreet.asp.

 

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