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Cold temperature create potholes and cause water main breaks

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Updated: 1/07 10:34 pm

TROY, N.Y. - Extremely cold temperatures during the winter months are destroying area roadways with potholes.

Capital Region leaders have crews on scenes, trying to patch potholes, a fight that is just starting and will continue throughout the season. It isn't just the potholes either; it is also water main breaks.

In freezing conditions, water it is a potential disaster.

"When we get the cold, we do get water main breaks. We got about six in the last nine days," said Deputy Mayor of Troy, Peter Ryan.

There were also five water main breaks in Cohoes recently.

Deputy Mayor Ryan said the cold weather "Does put pressure on some of the older pipes."

Danielle Zych, a local mother, has to constantly avoid potholes and other drivers while driving to pick up her children.  

"Some of them dodging, some of them hitting, but if you dodge them then you got a chance of sliding on ice," said Zych.

Cities across the area are doing their best while crews are working fulltime to patch the holes.

"Warm, cold, wet, salt on the roads, when we get all that movement we get some activating in the roads, we get potholes," said Ryan.

He also said until that until temperatures warm up, there's not much they can do besides quick fixes.

"It is only getting worse," explained Ryan. "And unfortunately this is a temporary fix until the plants open and we get a permanent fix."

If you see potholes developing on your street, you can contact your city or town leaders to get them fixed. You can also call the following numbers: 

Albany – 434-2489

Troy – 270-1115

Cohoes - 233-2139

Schenectady – 356-5344

Saratoga Springs – 587-3550

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