After this week's snow is cleared off the streets, Omaha drivers will have another headache to deal with: potholes.

The forecast — higher temperatures through the weekend — sets up the perfect conditions for potholes to develop.

Omaha's street maintenance supervisor said city crews are ready to start filling potholes Monday. "We're going to be out hitting potholes as hard as we can this (coming) week," Austin Rowser said.

Street crews are busy filling potholes whenever they're not working on snow removal, Rowser said. The city has about 150 people who work on potholes, he said.

The Mayor's Hotline has received 75 calls about potholes this week, according to a spokeswoman for Mayor Jean Stothert. Some of those calls could be about the same pothole.

Omaha received about 500 reports of potholes in January, Rowser said. In the same month, crews filled roughly 400 work orders.

"They just appear all the time, and some of them can get pretty bad," Rowser said.

Workers were patching potholes up until Saturday. Then Sunday, they started pretreating streets for the storm.

After storm cleanup ends, crews will be back on pothole duty.

Contact the writer: 402-444-1084, roseann.moring@owh.com

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