The City of Cleveland has approved just eight claims for pothole damage this year out of a total of 661 claims.

“Only eight, only eight, wow,” said Christine Bailey, a Cleveland Heights resident. “There should have been a lot more.”

“What?” said Ron Szaibel, a Cleveland resident. “Oh Lord, this is going to go on forever.”

The eight claims total almost $2,812.82. The city denied our request for an interview with the claims department.

“No, it does not alarm me,” said Michael Cox, the city’s director of public works. “It does not alarm me. It is what it is.”

Cox oversees city street repairs, including pothole fixes. He said he could not comment on the low number of approved claims since he does not handle or rule on them.

“We have more potholes this year than I have seen in a long time,” added Cox. “Be patient, we’ll be there. We’ll get them all done, every street in the city.”

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