Pothole fixes piling up at Omaha area auto body shops

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Potholes continue to plague Omaha drivers.

Vehicle tires are falling victim to potholes in the city, making drivers' next destination the repair shop.

"I've been here 31 years, this is the worst I've ever seen it," said Bernie Ehlers, part-owner of Midwest Tire.

Ehlers and the crew are piling a mountain of pothole victims inside the body shop.

"Nonstop. Every day. Every day there's something," said Ehlers. "They don't have a chance against the potholes in town."

With potholes swallowing wheels on city streets and spitting them back out, the shop seems to have a revolving door of tattered rubber ready to be replaced.

"Tire damage, wheel damage, front-end damage. The shields that go underneath the front... the engine shield," Ehlers said. "Those get ripped apart."

He said he counted two-dozen drivers each day over the past week driving up to his garage looking for help.

Frankie Oles’s daughter, Courtney, wasn't lucky enough to avoid the crumbling craters.

"Her tire was completely shattered. It was 10:30 at night, and her car sits pretty low, so she didn't see the pothole," he said.

Omaha drivers will have to deal with the damage for at least another week.

"You just have to dodge them," Ehlers said. "When they're filled with water, they're even harder to see especially at night it's almost like a mirage."

6 News asked whether any tire stand-up against the potholes.

"You avoid the potholes," Ehlers said.

Oles tells 6 News her daughter Courtney had to have a second tire replaced, as well.

The auto body shop told her she was driving "on borrowed time" because the tire could have pop at any second.

Courtney has only been driving for a year and her mom is admittedly wary about letting her back on the roads.