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St. John's, Newfoundland could be home to the country's largest pothole

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 6:07 PM -

If this isn't Canada's worst pothole, it's definitely in the top five.

The St. John's, Newfoundland street crater is so large, it had to be cordoned off with police tape.

According to Telegram reporter James McLeod, the man in the video, the hole is about 4 feet deep.

"It's a really big pothole," he says.

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Some commenters on YouTube say the hole has ventured out of pothole territory and looks more like a mini sinkhole.

But experts say that potholes can vary in shape and size, and they've been a huge problem across the country this year.

"Street surfaces contract in the cold and expand in the heat," explains Weather Network meteorologist Monica Vaswani.

When groundwater seeps into the pavement and get trapped it also expands and contracts and that -- combined with the weight of the cars above, causes cracking.

"Given the cold winter we've had, it's no surprise that potholes are popping up everywhere," Vaswani adds.

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