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Winter Causes Pothole Problems - Eric Alvarez

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- This year's unusually cold winter is creating more potholes than in previous years.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation fixes between 50 and 100 potholes every day, said Deanna Lambert, TDOT spokesperson.

"We have seen probably more pot holes this winter than we have in the past few years," Lambert said.

Potholes occur when moisture in the soil below a road freezes, causing the soil to expand.  That pushes the pavement up.  The pavement then crumbles under the weight of traffic.

Hitting those potholes the wrong way can result in hundreds of dollars in damages to your car.

Insurance pays for most of the damages but if not, drivers can file claims with their local government or the Tennessee Department of Treasury.

However, you're only likely to get reimbursed if you can prove the department in charge of fixing the pothole took to long to do so, a treasury department spokesperson said.

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