Now that the snow has melted you might have noticed all the potholes on the roads in Western New York.

Some are big and some are small but they are all over Western New York and one local realtor is having some fun with one of the bigger ones in town.

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I found this post on Facebook and it made me laugh, but it does look like a great deal too! haha

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Of course, major potholes are not a laughing matter. They can cause all sorts of issues including damage to your vehicle.

You do have access to report potholes that you see in Erie County. You can report unsafe conditions on public roads by calling the pothole hotline at 716-858-8300. You can also email the location of trouble spots to potholes@erie.gov.

If you see potholes along the Thruway you can contact the New York State Department of Transportation by calling 1-800-POTHOLE (1-800-768-4653). You can report potholes on the state's highway systems, including the Thruway 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

So how do potholes form in the first place? According to the New York State Department of Transportation, it happens when the snow, sleet, or rain penetrates the roads.

Potholes erupt whenever water slips through cracks in pavement that is fatigued from many factors, including heavy traffic. When the temperature drops, that water freezes and expands, deepening and widening the cracks and creating bulges and sinking sections of pavement. Sunlight and seasonal warmth generate ranges in temperature that perpetuate and accelerate a freeze/thaw cycle, particularly as road surface fragments are washed away.

Just know that now the warm weather is here so is the bumpy drive around town.

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