Sorry, drivers: More flooding = more potholes

To report a pothole in your neighborhood call 503.823.1700

Heavy flooding left behind deep potholes in many spots around the city. (KOIN)
Heavy flooding left behind deep potholes in many spots around the city. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The beginning of a new week brought a much-welcomed break from the rain, but Portlanders are now starting to see more breaks in the roads thanks to last week’s floods.

Heavy flooding left behind deep potholes in many spots around the city, and drivers aren’t happy about it.

“I notice them every time I drive, there’s more going on,” Darcy Brown said. “You kind of bump and shake a little bit.”

Heavy flooding left behind deep potholes in many spots around the city. (KOIN)
Heavy flooding left behind deep potholes in many spots around the city. (KOIN)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation says the city is experiencing a spike in potholes, almost 3x as many as this time last year.

“In the last week, we’ve had 107 reports of potholes in Portland,” Dylan Rivera with PBOT said. “That’s about triple what we had the same week a year ago.”

And it’s last week’s wet weather that seems to be the culprit.

“Water gets into a crack and gets under the pavement,” Rivera explained. “With the pounding of car traffic that can cause a pothole with that water loosening up the material.”

In places like the West Hills or Mount Tabor — where temperatures can dip down to the freezing mark, expanding the water seeping into cracks — potholes tend to be more prevalent.

While PBOT knows potholes are a big headache for drivers and bicyclists, they aren’t certain when they’ll be able to patch them up.

“We think we can get to them in about a week but with this sort of a backlog it may take a little longer,” Rivera said. “This is a high priority and we’re getting on it as fast as we can.”

The City of Portland aims to provide preventative maintenance, including fog and crack seal, to roughly 100 miles of local roads each year to ensure they are in good shape.

If you’d like to report a pothole in your neighborhood you can call 503.823.1700.

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