Pothole lands driver with hefty repair bill
A DRIVER endured hundreds of pounds in repair costs after hitting a pothole.
Thirty-year-old Steve Huntley, from Mannamead, was driving along Old Laira Road just before Christmas when he heard an "almighty bang".
He said: "I was driving along, on my way to collect Christmas presents, when I heard an almighty bang.
"I pulled over on the side of the road and realised there was a massive chunk missing out the side of my tyre.
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"I carried on driving but the steering went funny so I pulled over again and the tyre had completely deflated."
Steve called a break-down company who came out and replaced the tyre on his Ford Focus – and alerted The Herald's pothole crusader, Pothole Pete.
But the pothole had also caused damage to his alloy, he said.
"Hitting that pothole has cost me several hundred pounds, what with having to replace the tyre and get the alloy sorted. It's ridiculous.
"I'm hoping the council will reimburse me and that others who have been affected by the pothole come forward."
Steve said the pothole, which he estimates is around 4ft long, 2ft wide and 5 inches deep, has obviously caused a number of drivers problems given the amount of hubcaps lying by it.
A spokesperson for Plymouth City Council said: "We received reports of a large pothole on Old Laira Road over the weekend, when our highways gangs were working around the clock responding to the severe weather and flooding on the city's roads.
"An immediate repair was impossible due to the amount of water in and around the pothole, so a marker was put down to warn drivers that there was a hazard in the road.
"As the flood waters are now receding a gang has been despatched to carry out a repair todayif water levels allow.
"We would warn drivers everywhere to take extra care as the large volumes of water will have damaged road surfaces."