Macomb County pothole controversy

(WXYZ) - Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel is standing his ground and encouraging drivers to call 911 to report "damage causing potholes."

Wednesday night, Michigan State Police released a statement saying not to call 911 for potholes.

Around 8 pm, MSP's dispatch center in Detroit started getting calls from people reporting potholes. It turns out MSP was not aware of Hackel's announcement on Action News and immediately sent out a press release telling people not to call 911 for potholes.

They've since sorted out the confusion and MSP says Macomb County can do whatever it wants.
MSP believes 911 is not the most efficient and effective way to get a pothole fixed, but says if it is a public safety danger call 911.

Action News obtained some of the pothole 911 calls. We're told since Wednesday afternoon through Thursday late afternoon, the county dispatch center had received around 20 calls.

None reported their vehicle had been damaged, but some reported potholes a foot deep.

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