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Pothole repair in El Paso is up this year compared to last

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The City of El Paso is working to repair the potholes that are popping up all over town.

In fact, the city’s street and maintenance department reports that there have been more potholes repaired this fiscal year, compared to last.

And monsoon season has played a big role in that number.

El Paso resident Cesar Ramirez said he’s hit several potholes in different areas of the city.

"Obviously, when it rains here in the Sun City, we're not really prepared for rain as much as other cities,” he said. "Anyone who grew up here in El Paso, like I did, knows that we are not prepared for rain."

Because of the amount of rain that’s hit El Paso, the streets in the city have taken a real beating.

In the 2017 fiscal year, the City of El Paso’s Street and Maintenance Department reports that pothole patching crews have repaired 44,030 potholes through Aug. 29, 2017.

They said that’s an increase of more than 16,000 potholes, compared to the last fiscal year.

Several rain events are to blame for the abnormally high number of potholes.

“We're not a city that's equipped for a lot of water,” said Ramirez.

Ramirez said he’s damaged a vehicle due to a pothole.

But, he said it’s an ongoing issue in the borderland.

He said he believes the city is working as quickly as it can.

"I give them a lot of respect, because they do fix some of the big ones really quickly,” he said. “But, you know, there's always work to be done on the streets."

The Street and Maintenance Department will give El Paso City Council members an update on the potholes and cleanup efforts due to the monsoon season at Tuesday’s council meeting.

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