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'Tis the Season for Potholes

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REHOBOTH BEACH, Del. - As the weather warms up, potholes have become more of a problem for drivers.

They are formed after heavy snow followed by a warm up. The ice that seeped into the asphalt melts, expanding and cracking the pavement. While it can be quite a nuisance to hit one, it can also cause big problems for your car.

The mechanics at The Garage in Rehoboth Beach said it could lead to significant damage. 

"Hitting a pothole can do many things to your car," owner Robert Wyatt said. "Bend front end parts, destroy front end parts, bend rims, bust tires, t causes people to lose control if the potholes big enough."

Thomas Cline of Ellendale knows this all too well. Last winter, he hit a pothole and ended up breaking his suspension, so this year, he's being extra careful.

"They've definitely gotten worse, especially with the side roads and stuff like chipping off the corners," he said. "It's gotten real bad and the roads are getting smaller on the side."

In Delaware, DelDOT is obligated to fix the state-run roads, so you can report a pothole via the phone or on their website. Someone will then investigate the area and evaluate the intensity of the problem before scheduling a repair.

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