Volunteers look to fill hundreds of Waterloo potholes this month

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WATERLOO, Iowa (KCRG) -- Every time a pothole is filled, a couple more seem to pop up.

“It’s been a hard winter,” Scott Jordan said. “It’s Iowa, and we just see that there’s a need.”

The past six years, Jordan has been leading a group of volunteers to fill that need.

“Every year about this time, people start calling and want to help give back to their community, so we just enjoy going there and helping the streets,” he said.

On Saturday, the group kicked off their work on this season’s potholes. Each person has their own job, from the volunteers who shovel the asphalt to the ones who fill the holes to the ones who hold signs warning drivers about the volunteers working in the road.

They weren’t too worried about the weather on Saturday, with temperatures around the freezing point and plenty of coffee to go around.

“Once you get shoveling, it gets real warm real quick,” Jordan said. “The sun shining, that’s a big help for our asphalt and stuff.”

The volunteers are also planning to fill holes over the next two Saturdays as well, working with 30 tons of asphalt over that time that was donated by Aspro, a Waterloo-based paving company.

Jordan said they hoped to fill 300-400 potholes over that time, especially to help out road crews, which Jordan says are slammed this time of year.

“We get to a point where we find it dangerous because everybody’s dodging potholes,” he said.