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Major pothole repair work done on Memphis roads

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It is probably safe to say that most drivers hate potholes. And if you were on the roads Wednesday, you may have noticed that new ones formed after the massive rains the Mid-South had Tuesday. It is probably safe to say that most drivers hate potholes. And if you were on the roads Wednesday, you may have noticed that new ones formed after the massive rains the Mid-South had Tuesday.
Call 311 and give them the location, or use the government's smartphone app to take a photo of the pothole and tell crews where it is located. Call 311 and give them the location, or use the government's smartphone app to take a photo of the pothole and tell crews where it is located.
MEMPHIS, TN -

(WMC-TV) – It is probably safe to say that most drivers hate potholes. And if you were on the roads Wednesday, you may have noticed that new ones formed after the massive rains the Mid-South had Tuesday.

Now that the flooding is gone and the majority of power has been restored, city crews are busy filling in the mess the water left behind.

Every weekday, pothole crews assess their routes.

"This is peak season for us," said Matoiri Spencer, public information officer for City of Memphis Division of Public Works. "We anticipate more potholes during current weather conditions."

A stretch of road near President's Island had hundreds of potholes in need of patching.

Driver Gerald Wade says he has seen a few problem spots in the past, but he has more of an issue with the weather than he does the potholes.

"I think we've had more sub-32 degree days than we've ever had," he said.

But that, it turns out, is the cause for the bumpy problem.

"It's what we call the freeze thaw process," explained Spencer. "We got from really cold conditions to warm conditions and as a result of rain, we generally have more potholes."

So what should you do if you spot a pothole?

Call 311 and give them the location, or use the government's smartphone app to take a photo of the pothole and tell crews where it is located.

Action News 5's Lauren Squires reported a pothole on University Street near Rhodes College. She got an e-mail back right away promising the pothole would be addressed.

"In the event that they are reported to us, we'll fill them," said Spencer.

All 12 of the City of Memphis Division of Public Works pothole crews will be out in full force this week, filling in what the wintry weather is leaving behind.

To report road damage, obstructions such as potholes, or debris affecting unincorporated roadways and other situations within the Roads and Bridges Department's jurisdiction, contact the Mayor's Action Center at 901-222-2300.

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