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SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash. - The sheriff's office wants to remind area motorists that it is their responsibility to park on city and county roadways in such a manner that the vehicle does not inhibit responses by police, fire or other emergency vehicles.

With last winter's heavy snowfall, vehicles left on the roadways for long periods of time became barriers when snowplows left snow berms around them that narrowed many streets until they were nearly impassable.

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Tuesday's snowfall will likely melt away from the traveled portion of the road, but the berms left by snowplows may survive into future storms.  Owners are encouraged to clear today's berms from around their parked vehicles.

- Spokane County Sheriff's Office

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