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(March 18, 2019)

Due to extreme winter weather, Mayor Jean Stothert has authorized payment of pothole claims for vehicle damage made against the City, from January 1, 2019 through March 18, 2019. 

Previously denied claims and those received and still pending will be paid using the following criteria:

  • Potholes that caused the damage must have been reported to the city (reports made through social media are not applicable)
  • The location must be within city limits on public streets maintained by the City of Omaha (does not include any interstate within or surrounding City of Omaha)
  • Original claim must have provided documentation of personal expense including repair bill and tow truck invoice (if applicable)
  • If claimant has also been reimbursed by their insurance company, documentation must be provided and the city will pay the deductible, instead of total cost of repairs

“We have had record breaking snowfall and weeks of below freezing temperatures, ice, and rain, resulting in a record number of widespread potholes and street deterioration,” said Mayor Jean Stothert. “The severe weather conditions did not allow us to make timely and lasting road repairs. I am making this exception to our long-standing policy that has been in place for decades, to help our citizens pay for damage to their vehicles.” 

The City of Omaha follows the Political Subdivisions Tort Claims Act which was enacted in 1969.  The Act allows cities a reasonable amount of time after notice of the pothole to make repairs, prior to incurring potential liability.

During the time period (January 1, 2019 – March 18, 2019), the City received 59 claims for a total cost of $28,831.90.  Five claims submitted did not provided a dollar amount of damages. The  average repair cost is $533.92

 After March 18, 2019, claims will be reviewed on a case by case basis.

Beginning today, Monday, March 18, the city has 34 crews on the street using hot asphalt which is a more permanent repair.  This includes 11 crews provided by three private companies under contract.

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