Towing begins for vehicles stranded by snow storm

Published On: Dec 24 2012 06:36:50 AM CST   Updated On: Dec 24 2012 06:36:00 AM CST
Snowstorm, Des Moines
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -

Towing companies are starting to remove cars and trucks that were abandoned after last week's blizzard swept through Iowa.

KCCI-TV in Des Moines reports that towing companies are busy this weekend. Towing bans imposed on Interstates 35 and 80 were lifted on Saturday, which allows crews to retrieve vehicles that went off the road.

Tom Kirkvold, a spokesman for Hannifen Company, says his company has fielded hundreds of calls for service.

Kirkvold says the storm is one of the worst he's seen in years. He says the heavy snow seems to have caught many drivers off-guard.

Officials say car and truck owners are required to have their vehicles towed within 24 hours after a towing ban is lifted. Otherwise, law enforcement gets involved and the cost increases.