HICKORY, N.C. — Following a record-breaking winter, local municipalities are expecting to see more potholes form in the coming weeks.
Potholes typically form when water, especially from melted snow and ice, seeps into the cracks of roadways.
Steve Miller, Hickory's assistant public works director, said the wet winter and the recent temperature fluctuations will keep his crews busy.
"The ground's soft because of all the wetness and then we get back to some freezing temperatures, which we've had the last couple nights, and that does create some movement in the asphalt," Miller explained. "If you have a weak spot, [it] will create a pothole."
When the weather has improved, city crews have been working to patch potholes, like the one in front of Carl Roth's house.
"I actually was out working the yard," Roth said when he saw a city crew. "I put my thumbs up. I told them they made my day."
Jimmy Lynch, who commutes to work from Lincolnton to Hickory, said he's already had to pay a couple hundred dollars for car repairs after his car hit a pothole.
"[It] sneaked up on me out of the middle of nowhere," Lynch said. "It's cost me a couple tire rods and a few ball joints."
Miller urged drivers to report potholes to their local municipalities immediately so crews can repair them.