No snow emergency mercy for Vikings fans

Is there a more wretched, depressing locale than the Minneapolis impound lot?

Minnesota Vikings fans found out the hard way yesterday that it’s worth paying attention to the snow emergency rules in the city following the paralyzing 3- to 4-inch snowstorm on Saturday.

After yesterday’s game, they found their cars had been towed, the Star Tribune says.

On Sunday, there was no way of knowing how many vehicles were towed near TCF Stadium, but there was little doubt that fan noncompliance had become an issue, said Mike Kennedy, director of transportation maintenance and repair for Minneapolis Public Works.

“We do understand that there are going to be people who are not aware of the rules,” he said. “But we cannot tell the difference when we’re out plowing the streets.”

Plow operators across Minneapolis encountered some frustration during the day Sunday, the second phase of a three-phase plowing operation that concludes Monday at 8 p.m. Some streets remained full of cars, while others were cleared of them, Kennedy said.

“It’s not unexpected for a holiday weekend like this — especially for a Sunday,” he added. “We’ll expect to see better compliance Monday as people go back to work.”

One Vikings fan said he didn’t think there was enough snow for a snow emergency.

Suburbanite.

About 800 cars have been towed in Saint Paul, the Pioneer Press says.

Oh, it’s day three of the emergency in Minneapolis today. No parking on the odd sign of non-snow-emergency-route streets between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

  • L. Foonimin

    Mpls Public Works what are you thinking? The NFL would never allow this to take place around Ziggy’s new palace.

  • Matthew Becker
    • Tim

      I’m sympathetic towards the people who were towed — if you don’t come into the city very often, then you are likely not in the habit of tracking things like snow emergencies, and may not know to watch for them to begin with. I live in the suburbs myself, but as I spend a lot of time in Minneapolis, I keep an eye/ear out for the announcements. At the same time, though, it’s not like the city can fairly waive the rules for people parking around the stadium while enforcing them elsewhere. Plus, some suburbs actually have tougher restrictions than Minneapolis does.
      The situation could have been anticipated and more notification given at the site, though — signs posted, announcements made in the venue, etc. Or maybe there was; I don’t know.

  • kevinfromminneapolis

    I propose we move from reporting on people who get their cars towed in a snow emergency to mocking them. You gotta know by now, it’s on the news literally every time.

    Full disclosure: I got towed once for parking too close to a fire hydrant.

    • I’d be willing to bet a minority of people pay attention to news on a regular basis, and an even smaller number do so on the weekend.

      It might not be a bad idea to put it on those highway signs, though.

      • FWIW: I saw the “Snow Emergency” message displayed in rotation on a digital billboard right along 35W north / Johnson Street exit

      • kevinfromminneapolis

        That’s true. I’m always reminded of Kessler’s story with people who showed up at the Social Security office when the federal government was closed.

  • Gary F

    I live in St Paul and want my snow plowed and people who don’t move their car TOWED!

    But, if someone at City Hall was smart, they would have had a few of those yellow vested hospitality folks on hand to steer people clear of those spots. If their job is to make the city a more welcome place, a hand full of those folks for a few hours could have avoided the situation all together.

    • informed

      if someone at City Hall was smart……..

    • Chris Hatch

      The problem with that idea is that the yellow vested ambassadors are part of the Downtown Improvement District and is funded by businesses inside the district.

      That’s one of the downsides of tax increment financing.