Another Sign of Spring - Pothole Reports Surging

Press Release

Des Moines, Iowa — Friday, February 26, 2021 — You may have noticed lately, pothole season is upon us. As temperatures have warmed up, the City of Des Moines Public Works Department has recorded an increase of over 2,000% in pothole reports over the past week.

As the calls come in, Public Works crews are already out in full force to fill potholes with patches that will last until they can put down hot asphalt mix in the spring and summer.  

"We do expect this pothole season to be worse than usual," Public Works Director Jonathan Gano said. "We've received over 750 reports already this week and don't expect to slow down filling potholes anytime soon. We're out filling them but our crews aren't on every street. If you see a pothole, please report it so we can help repair them quickly."

Gano said that crews can usually respond to reports within 24 to 48 hours. To report a pothole that needs filling you can call the Public Works 24/7 customer service line at 515-283-4950 or submit a request at or on the myDSMmobile app available on the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Al Setka
Chief Communications Officer, City Manager’s Office
(515) 283-4057

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