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Extra Holes in Des Moines Streets

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Addie Olson

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The City of Des Moines has been out in higher numbers repairing potholes. There are as many as 20 percent more holes than there are in an average year.

"This year was an unusual year," said City of Des Moines spokesperson Chuck Burrell. 

It has been an unusually bumpy year for people driving around the metro.

"If you're driving pretty fast or close to the side, you can bottom out your car if you're not careful," said Sean Nelson of Des Moines.

This winter's weather made for prime pothole conditions.

"We were hit with 12 inches of snow, and then it would warm up," said Burrell. "Then we'd have another nine inches of snow, then it would warm up."

All of the fluctuation led to more erosion on the roads. Added chemicals also influenced pothole numbers.

"The more snow we have, the more material we put down," Burrell said. "We put more salt down, which in turn eats the street up more, which is why we're having an excessive amount of potholes this year as opposed to years passed."

All the potholes have led to an excessive amount of crews out working to repair all the damage.

The city has been sending out four to seven crews a day to get it all patched up.

"I think the city really looked into it," said Des Moines resident Alex Duong. "It's getting better compared to last year."

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