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Pesky potholes: what to do if your car gets damaged

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PEORIA, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

We've all felt the thump of going over a pothole.

Those pesky potholes that pop-up this time of the year and are nearly impossible to miss.

What should you do if you hit one and it damages your car?

Our own Jesse Guinn went around the area Tuesday on pothole patrol and there are a lot of them!

In fact, when the Peoria third-shift public works crew isn't plowing, they're patching.

Crews in Peoria are literally fighting it day and night to patch those potholes around the area.

"We're utilizing them in the evening and the overnight hours to get on some of the streets that are tougher ... to get on," said Sie Maroon, Superintendent of Operations, with the Peoria Public Works department.

Maroon said the battle with potholes centers on the freeze and thaw cycle; however, that's just one of the reasons.

You get the traffic on top of it ... you get the salt on it, the next thing you know it's starting to open up another hole," said Maroon.

While the city of Peoria is working diligently to get those potholes fixed, a lot of folks don't realize that even those little potholes can cost you a lot.

"If we had nothing in our system as a complaint or a phone call for notification, the insurance does not pay for those," said Maroon. "If we are aware of a pothole, and we have not filled that pothole, and it's already been turned in, and a car hit it anytime thereafter, before we get to it, the insurance will pick it up."

If you see a pothole in Peoria you think could damage your car, call the public works department and let them know, so they can fix it.

We wanted to get an idea for how much damage you can have due to those potholes so we turned to you on Facebook to get an idea.

Anna said she's blaming a pothole for several hundred dollars in work.

Jeffery says he ended up with seven hundred dollars in damage.

If you live in another city and you want to report a pothole, reach out to your local municipality.

If it's on a state highway, you can report it directly to I-DOT, by heading to their website.

Maroon reminds folks to use extreme caution around crews, and to be on the lookout for them.

He said they have had several accidents recently where people have hit their work trucks.

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