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Repair Crews Work To Fill Potholes Across The Region

By Diana Rocco

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- The snow may be melting, but drivers are now finding out what's been underneath months of snow and ice.

"The potholes are very bad, messing up people's cars."

"Really bad. You have to be careful, a lot of them. And sometimes you cannot skip it because it's the only way," said Manzur Ahlam.

Cab drivers say they've been bouncing around city streets all day swerving to avoid a big bill on repairs.

And from Camden County to Philadelphia crews were out pouring dozens of tons of hot asphalt. Some potholes looking more like craters. New Jersey has an all out blitz, with crews working around the clock, filling more than 300 potholes a day on county roads.

"I think with the low temperatures and with the precipitation and the snow, it just really takes a toll on the roads," said Camden County Freeholder Michelle Gentek.

Philadelphia crews have already filled 9,000 potholes since January 1st. They spent most of the day on Girard Avenue where drivers were taking it slow and at their own risk.

"Terrible. After the snow its been worse. There are certain parts of the street that they are very deep," said George Paschos.

Paschos is already out $500 dollars, a bill the city won't reimburse.

"Because it's a heavy car with tall wheels and I had to fix one of my bearings because of the pothole," said Paschos.

If you're in Philadelphia and you spot a pothole, the number to call is 311. Drivers in Camden County should call 856-566-2980.


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