Increase in Potholes Across NWA From Last Week’s Rain


Roads are damaged all across Northwest Arkansas due to last week’s heavy rain and seasonally frigid temperatures.

“We do have more potholes due to the recent flooding.” said Kimma Harper.

Driving around Northwest Arkansas you may notice your commute is a little extra bumpy.

“With the harsh winter and the cold temperatures, the water gets in and freezes and breaks up the rock and so when it rains it washes it out.” said Brian Lester, the Washington County Attorney.

The Fayetteville Transportation Division said since the beginning of the weekend, their workers have been trying to fill potholes from all of the rain we got last week. The Washington County Roads Department was out Monday to assess road damages.

“It’s just a matter of getting to each road to get them taken care of.” said Lester. 

Running over a pothole could cause serious damage to your vehicle. But it’s something Kimma Harper — with the Driving Academy of Northwest Arkansas — said you can avoid.

“Whenever you see a pothole you have two choices you can adjust your speed and or position. If you’re 100% sure there’s no oncoming traffic, it might be appropriate to even go over the yellow line and into the other lane.” said Harper. 

Though trying to avoid potholes can be a pain, Washington County officials said it’s something they’re working on preventing.

“We want to go in and maybe add some culverts so the water will flow under so hopefully next time we have a flood we won’t have to close any roads.” Lester said.

The Fayetteville Transportation Division said one of the main ways they find out about roads that need repairs is by residents calling in to tell them about it.

To report any road damages in Fayetteville, you can call 479-575-8228 or email the department at

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