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Patching KC's pothole problem is 1 tweet away

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Crews say the first two winter storms hit so close together they couldn't repair roads fast enough before the next snow fall.

Then a third, late March snow storm added even more damage to what had already been done.

Now, Kansas City public work crews are playing catch up.

"One problem we had was severe weather just kept on coming. We didn't get a chance to get out as often as we'd like and as vigorously as we'd like to address those issues," Sean Demory, spokesman for Kansas City Public Works, said.

Crews spent more time removing feet of snow than dealing with the problems underneath the slush.

"Sub-zero temperatures and any sort of moisture are going to add up to potholes," Demory said.

Each of Kansas City's three districts have $100,000 to spend on pothole repair. Each district has three "hot mix" trucks that can fix potholes using hot asphalt. Every crew is capable of a quick, cold patch.

"Now that we've had a good solid thaw and it looks like spring is finally underway. We will be able to address those but it is going to be a challenge," Demory said.

You can report potholes by phone, email or tweet your problems to @kcmo311.

"Let us know immediately. Help from the public is our most powerful tool," Demory said.

The Twitter account is monitored between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday thorough Friday.

So far, the city spokesman said they have not received an increase in pothole complaints, however they are expecting to see an increase.

You can report a pothole by calling 311 or (816) 513-1313.

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