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Sunshine and potholes an inevitable connection

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Wausau city street crews spent the day filling potholes. Street Superintendent Don Skare says, "When the sun beats down the pavement, it melts the ice. The water then causes pavement  to shift. Sometimes it explodes right out of there and you have a pothole to fill."

Newsline 9 caught up with some of crews patching potholes and they tell us it is not unusual to have to fill some potholes repeatedly during the winter months. They say they use a temporary patch that is permanently filled during the warm weather months.

Street crews also ask homeowners to keep an eye on storm drains. Skare says they can become ice packed which leads to trouble, "When the snow and ice melts the ice jams can prevent water from draining. That can force water into your driveway and we've even seen it flood some houses. Not often, but it happens.  This can be avoided if you clear the ice for proper drainage."

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