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Cities ticket and tow vehicles following parking bans

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HARTFORD, CT (WFSB) -

Cities and towns throughout Connecticut were trying to catch up on snow removal Tuesday when they found themselves under more snow.

Hartford police spent Tuesday night into Wednesday ticketing and towing cars still parked at school lots.

Officials said they gave plenty of time for drivers to remove their cars. They lifted a parking ban at 4 p.m. Tuesday and began plowing at 10 p.m. and towing at 5:30 a.m.

Lt. Brian Foley of the Hartford Police Department said 45 cars were removed from school lots Wednesday morning. He said they waited more than 13 hours after the ban was lifted.

"It's better than doing this," said Jose Torres of Hartford. "The lot is already plowed, and you can just take your car and walk home, better than what I did."

A ticket and a tow costs drivers $200, police said.

Classes were back in session Wednesday for the first time in a week.

Despite the cleared school lots, some parents told Eyewitness News that there were concerned about snow-covered sidewalks and bus stops.

"It's going to be slippery. They going to have to be slow. Cars going to have to be careful with the kids in the morning," Torres said. "That's the problem we've got to deal with right now."

In New Haven, the snow-covered roads and snow banks were several feet high. The city remains in the middle of a weeklong parking ban to clear the snow that lines the roads.

"You can believe I'm going to be ticketing and towing cars to get the odd side of the street clean," said Doug Hausladen, who is the newly hired transportation director for New Haven.

Over the past week, city officials have ticketed and towed more than 240 vehicles, including 33 Monday. The goal is to get everyone off the odd side of the street where the hydrants are so they can clear some of the snowbanks.

New Haven has posted maps and schedules on its website. If you live in New Haven and are looking for a place to park, you can look at the available off-street parking that the city of New Haven has put on its website: http://bit.ly/1dAKF0Z.

Signs were posted around the city explaining the parking ban, and every public school lot is open for free parking.

City officials sent tow trucks and plows around with the garbage trucks, so residents should be ready for improvements on their street on their scheduled trash day.

"There is nothing I won't try, and please let me know what's a better idea," Hausladen said. "I know the best idea is regular enforcement, and we're going to do that every snow storm."

City crews also physically removed snow from dozens of narrow streets. Those streets will have paper signs going up notifying residents where not to park.

City officials said that ban ends Sunday, weather permitting.

Towns work to treat roads

In Cromwell, town officials said their plows were out in full force to treat the roads.

"Terrible, I hope people stay off them. They are very slippery," said Paul LeVasseur of Cromwell.

Crews planned to remove piles of snow around intersections and cul-de-sacs Tuesday, but that was put on hold after the morning and afternoon snow quickly become the top priority.

Cromwell crews were working long hours just to keep up.

"We're not prepared to deal with all this snow at once," LeVasseur said. "I know these guys probably have very few sleeping hours under their belts."

Once the snow stops, the town said it will concentrate on knocking down high snow banks from problem areas.

To make matters worse, Cromwell is still waiting for a salt shipment. The pile is running low. Officials said they have enough salt for Tuesday's snow fall, but might have to rely on state help if they don't get it soon.

The town does have an salt and sand mix, if they really needed it.

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