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Hundreds abandon vehicles following winter storm, towed by city

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LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - For many, Friday night's snowstorm was just too much for driving.  Hundreds of drivers abandoned their vehicles on parkways, side roads and interstates.  It left tow-truck operators with a very busy Saturday, collecting those vehicles and digging them out of ditches.

Streets like Chenal Parkway, Cantrell Road, I-630 and plenty of others seemed like parking lots where instead of attempting to climb Little Rock hills they left their cars by the side of the road and went to seek shelter.

On Kanis Road, one man attempted getting up the hill but ended up getting stuck in a ditch with several other cars instead.

"The front wheel slid off where the back end was still kind of out in the road," said the owner of the Mercedes-Benz off the in the ditch.

Several people left notes on their cars, some even wrote "help me" in the snow that had accumulated on their cars.  The help came in the form of tow-trucks on Saturday.

"It could be a quick haul, a fifteen minute hookup or 20-30 minutes for something like this for a wench out in bad weather," said Michael Tombs, tow truck operator for Asher Wrecker Services.

Tombs was on the job starting at 7:00 AM, on his fifth tow of the day by about 3:00 PM. 

"The tow truck companies are overwhelmed with all the calls coming in," said Tombs.

The calls weren't just for those who called for tow-service.  For many who abandoned their cars a tow-truck was called for them by the Little Rock Police Department.

Tombs said a tow out of a ditch will generally set you back about $150. 

Those who abandoned their cars and had them towed by the city, the cars are available at the Little Rock Vehicle Storage Facility at 3313 J.E. Davis Drive.  The city says they will not be charging a fee for storing the car, nor is there a fee to remove the car from impound. 

If you abandoned your vehicle you can call to see if it's there at (501) 918-4260.

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