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Canada's cherished national treasure is making its annual return.

Pesky potholes make their annual debut

Digital writers

Sunday, January 19, 2014, 9:05 PM -

Last week's warm-up across Ontario may have been a welcomed change, but it also came with a price: potholes! 

It's that dreaded 'p' word which plagues the nation each year -- keeping road crews busy and drivers on edge. 

Potholes vary in size and shape. They are caused by the expansion and contraction of ground water after the water has entered into the ground under the pavement. When water freezes, it expands.

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Toronto sees some of the worst potholes in the country -- and this year has proven to be no different. 

"It's not so much the ice storm that caused [the potholes]," said Peter Noehammer of Toronto's Transportation Services, in an interview with The Weather Network. "It's more the swing in temperatures -- from very cold, to above freezing, and then back down to cold, and then back to above freezing -- so that causes the stress." 

As a result of the fluctuating temperatures, Noehammer says the City of Toronto has seen about double the number of potholes in the first two weeks this year. Just last week alone, crews filled about 9600 potholes across the city. 

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Though not indigenous to Toronto, potholes can be found in any city across the country. The public is urged call their local government official should they encounter one, and use caution while driving this time of year.

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