The Ottumwa Courier

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March 10, 2014

Volunteers help fill potholes in Waterloo

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — The streets of Waterloo are a bit smoother now thanks to the efforts of volunteers who spent part of their weekend filling potholes.

The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reports (http://bit.ly/1iobKUK ) the nine volunteers filled about 400 potholes Saturday in their first weekend of work.

Volunteer pothole crews will help the city's streets recover from this rough winter. The city endorses the volunteer effort, and Aspro Inc. donated six tons of asphalt for it.

Scott Jordan of Jordan Electric has been helping organize the volunteer crews most every year since 1993, although they haven't been needed after the last couple of mild winters.

"I've never seen it this bad," Jordan said. "There were 100 potholes around Hoover (Middle School) alone."

This winter's temperature extremes helped more potholes form. When frost builds up and the ground expands beneath a road, the pavement cracks and protrusions are created.

When temperatures rise enough to melt the frost, gaps are created beneath the road, and the pavement collapses into a pothole.

On Saturday, the volunteer crews focused on filling potholes around schools. Jordan said the crews will likely be out working for the next three to four Saturdays.

Fifteen-year-old Olivia Jordan joined her dad on the crew Saturday to help fix potholes.

"It's just a nice way to give back to the community that gave so much to me," she said.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, http://www.wcfcourier.com

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