City receives several complaints after giant pothole damages vehicles

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. --  The City of Grand Rapids received numerous complaints about a giant pothole along Century Avenue near Vries Street.

The pothole is roughly 4 inches deep.

Sheri Stockman says the pothole is responsible for causing about $2,000 worth of damage to her car. She says she's one of at least six people whose rims have bent and tires have gone flat.

"I hope people take notice," Stockman said. "It’s not about me. Yes, I’m out the money, but it’s about the neighborhood as well and the companies that are here."

According to Grand Rapids Risk Management, the city has 30 days to fill a pothole once someone files a complaint.  They said they've received five about the pothole on Century Avenue.

Grand Rapids Public Works says those with damage to their cars can file a pothole claim report with the risk management department online, but you'll only be reimbursed if the city doesn't fill the pothole within 30 days of the first complaint.

You can file a complaint about a Grand Rapids pothole by calling 616-456-3000 or 311.

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  • Derrick

    In other words, report every single pothole on every single street that you see! Not just the big ones, but all of them.
    Write them down and make a list, send it in via registered mail. Thirty days after they receive the letter, drive around and document which ones have not been filled. Have your car towed from one of them to a repair shop, and get new tie rods on the city’s dime.