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Abandoned cars litter Portland neighborhoods

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At noon on Monday, a bundled up David Boris set out on a two-mile walk, along icy sidewalks, to retrieve his car he abandoned in Hillsdale Sunday afternoon. Boris says his only option was to leave it in a grocery store parking lot and head home on foot.

“The police closed the road off as I was going home here,” said Boris. “And I was like well, where can I put my car?”

Boris was not alone. By Monday morning, highways and side roads across the Portland Metro area were littered with empty cars, some that spun out and others that slid into on-coming traffic. Hundreds of drivers had no choice but to head home on foot.

Joe Kreigbaum’s car was one of many vehicles scattered like toys on NW Miller Road. But he walked back to it before sunrise hoping to come to its rescue. 

“I’m just coming up here to check my vehicle, see if there’s any way out and head to work if possible.”

James Parkins with Speeds Towing spent most of his day retrieving abandoned cars. He feels too many people over estimate their car’s abilities.

“Just because they can drive, doesn’t mean they can stop,” said Parkins.

But some people weren't able to leave home at all Monday.

"I live on the hill over there in the [Commons at] Sylvan Highlands Apartments.  It's a skating rink," Carrie Juergens told Fox 12.  "I wasn’t able to get to work today and it was just kind of a stay-at-home day."

Juergens said she just returned to Portland from a Christmas trip to see family in Wisconsin, and she had to venture out Monday night on foot to try and find food.  But walking on a layer of ice wasn't easy.

"This is wild," she added.  "I'm from the Midwest and I’ve seen some stuff, and it’s never been this scary.”  

Birge Clark also lives in the West Hills.  His car was parked when the ice hit Sunday, but he found out that getting around Monday wasn't any easier.

"Now I've made the mistake of driving over here so we'll see if I can get back, because yeah, the road is kind of littered with abandoned cars and crashed cars," he said.  "[It's] very slippery.  All the snow has melted and re-frozen to ice, so [I'm] taking it very carefully."

Portland Police say they are not actively looking for abandoned cars to cite. But if your car is blocking traffic, it’s parked illegally and police are getting complaints about it, it could be subject to citations and getting towed.

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