City of Odessa Paying for Seal Coat Clean-Up

by Diane Tuazon
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - Clumps of tar and gravel filled the streets on South Dixie Boulevard.

"This is horrible, I've never seen this in my life," Car Owner, Caressa Smith, said.

The mishap occured on Saturday when several cars drove through what should have been a dry seal coat.

"You start out by cleaning everything good with chemical, then steam clean it. The whole secret is to steam clean it," Car Body Shop Owner, Lupe Manguia, said.

Lupe's Super Body Shop in Odessa is working with the City and repairing the damaged cars.

"All of this is repairable. It may take a little more time, but it's all repairable," Manguia said.

Since Saturday, the City of Odessa has been taking in claims for anyone who drove down Dixie Boulevard and got caught in that sticky mess.

"It's mostly the brake system and suspension shock, but I've heard of windshield and body damage as well," Manguia said.

"We're continuing to take reports and all are being paid by the City," Risk Management Director, Darrell Wells, said.

The City of Odessa is working with the contractor of the seal coat project to find out what caused the damage and who will pay for the bulk of the bills.

"It maybe that ultimately the City's net pay is zero, because the contrator might seek claims, " Wells said.

Until then, Darrell Wells says the City doesn't want people to wait any longer to get their cars repaired.

"We really don't have a time limit. We're still seeing a fairly high amount of people come in every hour we're trying to get people back to the way they were," Wells said.

As for the cause of the damage, the City is still trying to figure out what went wrong.

"I have no idea why this happened. Apparently what was laid on the street is coming up. Why? I  don't know, " Wells said.