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Chicago`s pothole season begins

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Faced with a growing plague of potholes, City Hall Wednesday deployed extra crews and trucks to do emergency patching.

Officials estimated that they filled more than 2,000 potholes.

FOX 32 News, though, found it was too little, too late for some angry motorists

The chief of City Hall's pothole patrol told FOX last month was a ‘December to Remember', the worst in years for the weather that puts potholes in our city streets.

It's already costing some motorists.

Sherry Gutierrez and her daughter were on foot Wednesday, awaiting repairs to a tire on their car that they said had an epic blowout when it struck a big pothole.

"I knew I needed a new tire immediately when I hit the pothole… [It] went completely flat. It went completely flat," Gutierrez said.

There are so many pothole victims with similar stories that the guys at Goodyear Tire Plus at 18th and Wabash literally have no more room in their garage or parking lot.

"There's a rim that's damaged, that a customer brought it in. They hit a pothole. It's all damaged right here. Because of the damage, they ruined the tire," Goodyear Tire Plus manager Sunny Oberoi said.

Garage manager Sunny Oberoi estimated the cost of that pothole to that driver at more than $400.

Multiply that expense many times over and the cost of putting tons of this High Performance Cold Mix into thousands of potholes seems a better bargain.

"It's recycled asphalt. It's asphalt from old streets that was grinded up," Chicago Department of Transportation worker Thomas Carney said.

Fourteen city crews patched about 2,000 potholes with this stuff yesterday. Twenty-two crews were on the street Wednesday, responding to a flood of complaints from every corner of the city.

"This December was worse than the last few Decembers. We had some mild Decembers. So, we had a good punch in December and then this storm. That temperature swing was one for the record books. You'll see it in the pavement and in the potholes," Carney said.

A bad pothole season may be good for business, but as Oberoi told FOX 32, it's bad for people.

To report a pothole near you, visit the City of Chicago's website.

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