City urges drivers who hit potholes to file claim

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – There’s another problem hiding under all that snow and slush.

Potholes – and thousands of them – are dotting the streets in Indianapolis.

On the city of Indianapolis’ website, red dots show where potholes are that haven’t been fixed yet. As of Wednesday, drivers have reported that there are 2,000 of them.

That’s a critical step because if you hit a pothole and it damages your car,  you can file a claim with the city. But the city is off the hook for damages if they didn’t know about the pothole.

The Indianapolis attorney’s office says so far this year, they’ve had 95 claims filed but haven’t paid out for any of them yet.

Compare that to this time last year, when there were just 17 claims. Those added up, to 156 claims for the whole year.

The city paid out about $3,500 for 2013, averaging $592 a claim.

You can file a claim and report potholes through the Mayor’s Action Center App, by phone, or on their website. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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