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Vincennes Friends Take On Pothole Problems

It all started when one of teen's moms hit a pothole and popped a tire. The friends -- who have auto-body backgrounds -- decided to take matters into their own hands. The city of Vincennes asks if you see a pothole, report it online. It's automatically sent to the Mayor's Office and Street Department.
It's that time of year once again, when potholes seem to run rampant in the streets - and Knox County is no exception.

But some Vincennes friends -- all just 19 years old -- didn't just want to sit back and complain about the bumps in the road.

It all started when one of teen's moms hit a pothole and popped a tire.

The friends -- who have auto-body backgrounds -- decided to take matters into their own hands.

Working in the dark of night... just call them the superheroes of the streets.

"You know what, let's just...let's just go out and fix these potholes. They need to be taken care of," said Eric Organ of Organ's Battery & Electric Co. in Vincennes.

"I saw how frustrated my mom was and I wouldn't want anybody else to be that," said Chance DeHosse.

"He had some shovels and rakes and I grabbed mine. We had just ground up a bunch of asphalt from a road being reconstructed and that's what we used. Loaded it on a trailer and took off with it," said Zach Thomas.

Eric, Zach and Chance hit up the bumpy area of Washington Avenue.

In just an hour's time, they filled in about a dozen deep holes.

"Our intentions weren't to make anybody mad. We just wanted to help out the community as good as we can before somebody else comes in and pops one of their tires," said Eric.

Since then, road crews have picked up where they left off - using a new method that involves infrared technology.

Mayor: "Hopefully it's going to hold up a lot better. It's kind of a test area," said Vincennes Mayor Joe Yochum (D), who stopped by the site on Wednesday. "Some potholes are unbelievably large. I think there was one here that was probably eight inches deep."

The friends say they knew their patches were just a temporary fix - they just hope their effort saved someone a tire.. or two.

"The community likes young people doing stuff like this. I think they really like that," said Chance.

Zach adds: "It really makes you feel good that you went and helped and that people noticed that you helped and are glad that you tried to participate. And you didn't ask for anything out if it, you just wanted to help out the community."

The city of Vincennes asks if you see a pothole, report it online. It's automatically sent to the Mayor's Office and Street Department.

To report a site to the Vincennes Pothole Patrol, click here.
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