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Potholes a problem in Reading

By Dwayne Parker, Reporter, DParker@wfmz.com
Published On: Apr 03 2014 09:30:05 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 03 2014 10:30:30 PM CDT

Potholes a problem in Reading

READING, Pa. -

Potholes are causing headaches and busting wallets in the city of Reading.

Winter has wreaked havoc on the city, and officials say there are about 3,000 potholes that need to be filled.

"You see the holes everywhere. All over the city," said India Badillo, resident. "It's bad. And you can't dodge them all."

To make matters worse, rain is in the forecast for this weekend.

Officials say the material used to fill the potholes doesn't work well under the rain.

Meanwhile, at Senda Tire Center on 6th and Buttonwood streets in Reading, they can't keep up with the demand for tire repairs.

They even expanded their hours to keep up with demand.

"There's so much damage on some streets that it's new to everybody," said Omar FaƱa, manager. "So, you may not slow down and you might find out there's a hole there once you passed it, and at that point it's too late."

Officials say two crews will be trying to fill the almost 3,000 pot holes, but if the rain gets in the way, that will slow things down.

Last year, city officials report there were only 800 potholes.