Abandoned cars posing snow removal and sanding problems




Posted on November 23, 2010 at 9:15 AM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 23 at 6:27 PM

ISSAQUAH, Wash. – Issaquah police have a warning for drivers who abandoned their cars during the snow and ice storm that hit the Puget Sound Monday – come and get them or they will be towed away.

The police are assessing the situation to make there is enough room for snowplows to operate on the streets. Abandoned cars that are sticking out too far in the street will be towed away if they aren’t moved by the time snowplows arrive.

Officers are trying to contact the owners to tell them they need to move the vehicles.

Police say owners of cars that are parked on the shoulder or out of the way may have a bit more time to move them. Still, police want all of the cars moved as soon as possible

The Washington Transportation Department says its sanding trucks were blocked overnight in many parts of the Seattle area by cars that were abandoned or wrecked in the Monday night commute.

The Washington State Patrol is using heat sensors in aircraft to look for people who may still be in their abandoned cars.

By noon, many of the roads on the eastside were still covered with ice and packed snow. Many drivers, however, are taking their chances out on the road.

"I’m a broker and I have to get to work in Bellevue,” said Issaquah resident Rick Sarrow. “But, I have a four-wheel drive and I feel comfortable getting there.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.