Heavy rain leads to pothole-riddled streets across LA. Here's how to report it, file a claim

On Monday afternoon alone, there were 159 reports of potholes across the city of L.A.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024
Heavy rain leads to pothole-riddled streets across LA
Streets across Los Angeles were left riddled with potholes. Here's how to report it and file a claim if your car is damaged.

PACOIMA, LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Many roadways across Southern California have been inundated with water due to the storm, but drivers have also encountered potholes across the region.

The heavy amounts of rain have seeped into the pavement, causing potholes like one at least 4 feet across on Paxton Street in Pacoima. That one has caused a headache for drivers and even disabled several cars Monday night. L.A. City crews were on scene Tuesday to fill the pothole and repair the damage.

With the potholes comes tire damage.

"It's been happening everywhere," said Simon Dulbandzhyn.

He was driving on La Cienega Boulevard after picking up some friends from LAX when he hit a pothole about 2 feet wide at only 20 miles per hour.

"Big pothole on the left side blew front and back. Luckily, nothing happened to me. I just pulled up on the side, called the tow truck," he said

On Monday afternoon alone, there were 159 reports of potholes across the city of L.A.

Pacoima Tire Pros says hitting a pothole can be inconvenient.

"Most likely, it will damage the wheel and the tire, and that can be costly and time-consuming," said store manager Orlando Reyes.

If you do see a pothole, you can call 311 to request a repair. If you hit one and get tire damage, you can file a claim with the L.A. City Attorney at clerk.lacity.gov.

Caltrans is also offering up to $10,000 to drivers of cars damaged by potholes on freeways. A damage claim can be filed directly with the agency by anyone who believes that "the action or inaction" of the California Department of Transportation "has caused him or her monetary loss," according to dot.ca.gov.

Caltrans will either reject, accept or deny the claim after reviewing the provided information. Motorists only have six months to file their claim, according to the agency.