The city of Worcester will reimburse close to 350 people who had their cars towed after a winter parking ban went into effect during the early morning hours.
The Telegram & Gazette reports a higher-than-anticipated snowfall caused the city to initiate the parking ban around 1:00 a.m. Monday, retroactive to 11:30 p.m. Sunday.
The ban was tweeted by the Department of Public Works & Parks' @SnowParkingBan Twitter account at 1:02 a.m., but the city's emergency messaging system didn't send the alert until about 8 a.m. Monday.
Spokesman John Hill says 739 people were issued $50 tickets for violating the ban. Police say a total of 347 of those violators had their vehicles towed.
DPW Assistant Commissioner Matthew Labovites says officials incorrectly determined that the ban wouldn't be necessary.