WATERLOO, Iowa - Scoop, toss, pack, repeat. This is a day in the life of a volunteer pothole patcher.
"Well, we don't have to go far to find another hole, that's for sure," said Bill McIntee, one of a half dozen volunteers working their way up Coby Road, shovels in hand. They spent their Saturday trying to make the commute around Waterloo a little smoother.
"These parents dropping off kids on Monday will be a little happier," said McIntee, nodding to the nearby school building.
Scott Jordan, electrician and former city council member, has been rounding up anyone willing to get their hands dirty.
"We're trying to focus on schools, because of the visibility," Jordan said. "The lady who called on this street mentioned that people were swerving to miss the potholes, where kids are walking."
As a former city council member, Jordan knows Waterloo is one of several cities strapped for cash and time when it comes to keeping streets clear of ice and snow this winter.
"A lot of the winters like the last two years, we didn't have to do it because the frost wasn't so deep. This year, the city's still working on the snow and the ice, and they don't have the manpower," said Jordan.
Jordan and his crew will work through about 6 tons of donated cold-mix asphalt during this round of repairs. With a backlog of about 300 phone calls with pothole complaints, they'll need to work hard.
"A couple of these guys are firemen, and they know our streets well, so they help us map it out so we can get a route and we're not wasting time traveling," said Jordan.
He and his crew expect to work through about 50 tons of donated asphalt over the next four Saturdays.