by Kim Powell
ODESSA - Fallen trees aren't the only pieces of ice storm aftermath, potholes have been popping up around the basin.
"One of the things that happens when water gets into the cracks and freezes, it can push asphalt up and you end up with a pothole," Gene Powell, spokesperson for TxDOT, said.
With about 140 people working around the clock on the roads last week, TxDOT says this next week they'll be focusing on temporarily patching up the potholes before another cold snap hits.
"The important thing is, even though the weather is better, people need to slow down because a pothole can cause damage and we don't reimburse people for damages from potholes," Powell explained. "It's considered a road hazard. And I've had it happen to me and I had to pay $600 to fix my tire and rim on my car."
Last week the basin saw one of the worst ice storms in years that closed down highways and halted travel for many people, but that wasn't enough. Authorities responded to hundreds of car wrecks. Even TxDOT workers found themselves victims of the ice last week with a total of six crashes. And two young lives were lost in separate accidents that were both caused by the icy road conditions.
"It's just such a tragic thing when a young one's lost--people of any age. Our number one priority is safety and we do everything we can to keep the road open for commerce, but as I was saying to all the media last week, you know, even though the road's open, you've got to be extremely cautious when you're out in weather like that," Powell said. "You know the speed limit is set for a warm day in July, not ice and snow."