Potholes looking more like craters around Oklahoma City due to weather

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OKLAHOMA -- Potholes that look more like craters. They're tough to avoid for drivers right now.

"We do get increased pothole reports when the weather turns. You know, when we have snow and ice and unusual rain events," Shannon Cox, with Public Works Department for the City of Oklahoma City said.

On average, Oklahoma City crews fix 80,000 potholes every year along 8,000 lane miles.

But with more rain on the way this week, Oklahoma City road crews are expecting more people to call the pothole hotline.

"Our typical response is within three days. Unfortunately, we're a little behind because we do have unusual weather," Cox said.

The washed out patch of road along Rockwell, between Hefner and Britton, just recently popped up.

"Basically what happens is waters gets underneath the pavement and of course, it degrades the pavement and pops it out,"  Cox said.

It’s a problem for drivers that could even lead to costly repairs.

So if you see a pothole, download the OKC Gov app. There, you can report it. It will pinpoint your direct location and within a few days city crews will be out to work on it.

"As long as they tell us where the potholes are, we can actually get out a little faster," Cox said.

It’s a community effort to fix the nuisance along city streets.

It costs the city of Oklahoma City about $15 to patch each pothole.

Each city has their own pothole report system so you'll want to call your local public works office for more information.

Click here to report a pothole in Oklahoma City.

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