Unusual January weather is wreaking havoc on the roads.
Early potholes are creating problems for drivers and DPW crews and because of these extreme temperature swings, roads and vehicles are taking a beating.
And last Friday’s weather didn’t help. The temperature dropped more than 40 degrees within 24 hours.
“The pot holes are coming a little bit early because we’ve had the freeze thaw and DPW crews have been worker sooner than usual,” said Karen St. Aubin, Director of operations for the City of Rochester.
St. Aubin says typically crews will make their rounds right after the snow melts, in spring. They have been getting several calls over the last few weeks and, for some residents, it’s already too late.
“The pothole was so deep, my head hit the roof of my car. And when I got out of work at Kodak, I had a flat tire and when I went to change it my spare was flat, so I just drove home on a flat tire,” said Dennis Barber.
City officials say they need to be notified of a pothole ahead of time or else you’re on your own for the damage of your car.
When you see potholes the city says the sooner you call 311 or go online to report it, the sooner they can come out to fix it.
Also if a call is made about a hazardous pothole they should have it fixed within two business days.
If a pothole damages your vehicle, you can file a claim, the final determination is made by the attorney general’s office.