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Potholes popping up in Baton Rouge

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Posted: Jan 11, 2013 6:21 PM by Adrian Pittman
Updated: Jan 11, 2013 7:03 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: pothole, driving, dpw, baton rouge, roads, rain, weather

BATON ROUGE- Potholes are popping up more and more in East Baton Rouge as heavy rain moves through the city-parish.

"Potholes are more like ponds these days," said driver, Laura Moore.

They form when rain gets into cracks in the road, causing the ground to expand and pull the asphalt apart.

"On occassions I've even had to stop, put air in my tires, check the air in my tire because I hit it so hard," said Moore.

The holes can not only take you by surprise, they can also do some serious damage to your car.

"A lot of the rain lately has helped to wash out some of them and made them even bigger. We had a lady who damaged her drive axle because she went into a hole so hard, it broke the axle," said Gordon and Sandifer Auto Repair's mechanic, John Wiley.

The jagged holes can be seen all over the place, which means these days Gordon and Sandifer, is seeing a lot more business.

The Baton Rouge Department of Public Works says once the rain moves out and it drys up, potholes will be its first priority. That's welcome news to John Ford, who recently had tire trouble after hitting a pothole on River Road.

"Anytime you have potholes that can cause you to literally lose your tire especially on a main road, that's a significant problem," said John Ford.

If you have any potholes in your neighborhood or would like to report one, call the city's action line at 311.

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