Potholes frustrate Bay Area drivers following weekend storm

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Freeways across the Bay Area have been hit hard with the heavy rains. And so have drivers who've had blowouts from the resulting potholes.

Freeways across the Bay Area have been hit hard by the weekend's heavy rains. And so have drivers who've had blowouts from the resulting potholes.

At the Altamont Pass, Marco Reyes had to come to the rescue from Stockton. His parents had a blowout on their way to an appointment in San Francisco.

"I guess they got stuck in a pothole and their tire popped. This is the second time it's happened on their way to San Francisco," he said.

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Many Bay Area drivers have been facing problems caused by potholes.

Across the freeway, a tow truck hauled a blowout victim and his car away.

CHP was conducting a rolling road block to slow down drivers through the Altamont.

The slower traffic helps drivers avoid the potholes and helps keep Caltrans crews safe, who are out on these emergency pothole operations.

"We know it delays traffic. We try not to do these repairs during commute hours, but sometimes we don't have any choice," said Bob Haus, a spokesperson for Caltrans.

Caltrans crews have been dispatched across the Bay Area to fill these holes, but some storm related damage may take more than a little temporary asphalt.

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