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Owners retrieving impounded cars after 'Ice Jam 2014'

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Drivers whose cars were impounded after the storm that paralyzed metro Atlanta this week began searching for their abandoned cars on Friday.

Belinda Grant showed up at an impound lot in southeast Atlanta looking for her wrecked SUV.

She was forced to abandon her 1999 Ford Expedition on Tuesday night near Morehouse College after it slid on the ice into a utility pole. She said she couldn't tell in the darkness how badly damaged the SUV was. She just knew it wouldn't start.

"I didn't know it was this bad off," said Grant, after finding the vehicle in the Jonesboro Road lot owned by S&W Towing. The impact had crushed part of the engine block.

Thursday night, the Georgia State Patrol began impounding cars that continued to block emergency lanes on metro Atlanta interstates. By 4:30 a.m. Thursday, the state had towed 147 vehicles. Many of them were totaled, including several cars with out-of-state license plates.

Belinda said she's not angry about what happened to her. She's just disappointed that state and local authorities didn't act sooner.

"I feel like they should have started putting the salt and stuff down earlier because they knew at 4 or 5 a.m. that it was going to snow," said Grant. "They shouldn't have sent the kids to school. I can't say it wouldn't have happened, but maybe it would've stopped some of it."

Grant's SUV, which she had only owned for two months, was fully insured.

"Hopefully I can get a replacement," she said.

Owners who are still having trouble locating the cars they abandoned on major Atlanta highways can call 511 for help locating them. Anyone who left a car on smaller city or county road or in an outlying area can call the law enforcement agency in that particular area.

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