Tow trucks remove vehicles to help Cincinnati road crews work

By Kimberly Holmes – bio | email

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19)  - Cincinnati city leaders gave Queen City road crews a little extra help on Tuesday: tow trucks.

"The focus on the towing is going to be getting those emergency routes open," said Larry Whitaker, a Cincinnati Public Works Spokesman. "The sooner we can get those open and clear, that'll give us the ability to back off on that a little bit."

City leaders enlisted a little muscle to help snow plows and salt trucks get to business. Dozens of towing companies and Cincinnati police officers paired up to tow and ticket. Some cars were taken to impound lots. Others were towed to parking spots a few blocks away.

"We're just taking them to the nearest side street," said OKI Towing Operator Brian Sandeker. "That way when the owner comes out they'll probably end up calling the police department and they'll just go down to the nearest side street and get them."

Whitaker said towing is a last resort.

"{These cars} have been parked for several days," Whitaker said. "You've got cars parked that still have snow on it from the last storm. We just haven't been able to get in there and get those closed. We're doing what we can to get in there and get those streets opened up."

City leaders also asked residents for patience and understanding. City Manager Milton Dohoney reminded everyone Tuesday afternoon that in this days-long winter storm, clearing the streets has become like a never-ending job.

"It's a challenge for us to keep up with it," Dohoney said. "It's like you're going back over the work you've already done hours earlier, but our responsibility and our focus is to make sure the primary routes are dealt with first."

And for others who have no cars and no shelter, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory announced that the Emergency Winter Shelter in Over the Rhine will open Tuesday night at 10 p.m. The shelter will remain open until 8 a.m. Wednesday.

"We'll make an assessment tomorrow if there will be additional openings," Mayor Mallory said.

If you believe your car may have been towed, call the Cincinnati Customer Service line: 513-591-6000.

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