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Pothole problems come with cold temperatures

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – The cold weather is wreaking havoc on area roadways.

City crews say the number of potholes has increased dramatically since the temperatures have dropped.

Dylan Lee, a city spokesperson, said road crews will be out first thing in Thursday morning, repairing potholes all over the city.

Lee explained why drivers are seeing more.

"Little bits of water, moisture and vapor get down into tiny cracks, they freeze and expand over and over and over again and can lead to a pothole," he said.

Lee said if you see a pothole on a city street, call 910-341-7879 to report them.

"If a pothole is reported, the rule is that they be responded to in 24 hours," he said. "The city handles some potholes with a machine that they got to fill them in. Some of the more tricky ones that require more work are done by hand."

He said city crews have been busy since it has gotten colder.

"In the winter time, the need is a lot greater so they are out there, for the most part, five days a week," he said.  

Lee said crews have fixed up to 30 in a day.

He also wants drivers to know that if you see a pothole on a state-maintained road, call 341-0500.

You can also report road issues to our "See, Click, Fix" page on our website.  

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