Dozens of cars towed during Thunder still unclaimed


by Adam Walser

Posted on April 19, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 19 at 5:52 PM

Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11) - Some people who attended this year's Thunder Over Louisville, or just happened to park along the wrong street, are still without wheels tonight.

In an effort to keep Louisville's streets open, public works spent the day Saturday towing vehicles by the dozens.

Most people who lost their cars due to Thunder claimed them first thing Sunday morning, but a couple of dozen vehicles still remain at the city's impound lot.

Towing cars on Thunder Day is something Public Works employees say they don't enjoy but it's a necessary evil in order to keep traffic flowing after the fireworks.

At the Louisville City Impound Lot, Thunder Saturday is the Super Bowl of towing events.

It's bigger than marathons, art shows and even the Kentucky Derby when it comes to hauling away illegally parked cars.

And the street side "no parking zone" extends several miles from the riverfront in every direction all in an effort to quickly get traffic out after the fireworks.

Morgan Gonzalez awoke early Saturday to the sight of tow trucks hauling away his neighbors' cars in Old Louisville.
“The tow trucks were coming like little bees and they were quick,” he said.

The warning signs went out in the middle of last week telling residents they needed to find somewhere else to put their cars Saturday.
“I ended up parking on one of the side streets in order to be able to not get towed,” said Josh Veil, who said he had a prior incident with the city’s towing department.

162 drivers had to deal with the impound lot after Thunder this year.

That's up by 31 vehicles over last year.

So is the price to get your car back.

The minimum charge was $126-if you picked it up before the lot closed Saturday.

By today, the cost had gone up to $150 and increases $12 a day.

Some of the cars still left on the lot today came from Ohio, Indiana and even South Carolina.

A Domino's driver was among those put out of service.

“I feel bad for the people who got towed,” said Gonzalez. “On the other side of the coin, there was a lot of notification.”

For those who had to fork over big bucks to get their cars back, paying for Thunder parking at a lot in the future likely won't seem like such a bad investment.

The city should see about $20,000 in revenues from all of the tows.

Even more if the cars are left here for more than 45 days and end up being auctioned.