TAKING ACTION: Helping a brand new Hoosier family who hit a huge pothole in Indianapolis

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (Jan. 12, 2014) — FOX59 is staying on the pothole patrol looking at some of the very damaging craters in the road that are popping up everywhere.
One in particular, at 86th St. near Purdue Rd. caused damage to a family who just moved to Indianapolis.

The pothole has been filled, but it took a several shovels full of cold mix asphalt to flatten it out and make driving safer.

“We have two cars that have flats now, and we’re needing some help,” said Kari Simmons who, along with her family, had just driven in to Indianapolis which is now their home. The pothole wasn’t a pleasant welcome gift.

“My husband pulled over and said that his car was blown out, he could feel the car pulling. my car didn’t respond as quickly, but it’s flat as well,” Simmons said.

Being new to the area, Simmons didn’t know what to do, so FOX59 took action to give them a phone number of an all night repair shop who gave her some good news.

“Oh you do the work on site?! Oh, awesome,” Simmons said.

An IMPD officer guarded the pothole until Department of Public Works crews showed up to fill it with shovels full of cold mix asphalt. Other DPW crews spent Sunday filling other potholes in the city. We caught up with a crew on East Washington St. working on some pothole filling there. After the temperature swings, the moisture and the plowing, Indy roads have taken a beating.

So did Kari Simmons’ car, but it’ll be fixed.

“Thanks for being there for us, and helping us figure out who to call and what to do next,” Simmons said.

Indy DPW crews will be fanned out across the city starting between 6 and 6:30a.m. to do another one of their pothole blitzes.

Here is the link for the City of Indianapolis for the way to report property damage: http://www.indy.gov/eGov/City/OCC/Litigation/Pages/tort.aspx

Keep in mind, time is of the essence. The city gives you 180 days from when the damage occurred to make a claim.

The website to report a pothole to the city is http://maps.indy.gov/IndyPotholeViewer

After the page has loaded, you can click on “file a pothole report” to begin that process.

You can also report potholes to the Indiana Department of Transportation. You can call 1 (855) 463-6848 or go visit their Facebook and Twitter pages. INDOT says they usually patch potholes with in a 24 hour period if manpower allows.

If a pothole damaged your vehicle on a road maintained by INDOT, click this link to get to the form to fill out: https://forms.in.gov/Download.aspx?id=9840

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