People in a small Pennsylvania city are using a Christmas tree to fill a persistent pothole

WNEPYou’ve heard of elf on a shelf, now get ready for tree in the ground.
  • The town of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, is overrun with potholes.
  • A group of residents felt that town was taking too long to fill one in their neighbourhood.
  • So they plugged it with a Christmas tree.
  • ‘Tis the season.
  • The town has since covered the hole with a metal slab.

A group of neighbours in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, had reached their wit’s end.

As ABC-affiliated WNEP reported, the residents had been dealing with a gaping pothole on their street for a “few weeks,” and the city had neglected to repair it.

Marietta Spak, a resident of the city, told the outlet she came up with the idea when looking for holiday decorations for her house.

“I was upstairs in the attic and was looking for more Christmas decorations and thought that would look nice in the hole,” she said.


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And the rest is city history. Soon, someone else added a decorative Santa figurine into the mix.

But, as the saying goes, all good pranks must come to an end.

Ultimately, the city’s Department of Public Works got wind of the stunt and repaired the pothole. Now, a metal slab covers the hole in the ground, as a sort of temporary fix. The city plans to repave the road as early as Tuesday.

“We have a lot of comedians in the area who put trees in there,” DPW employee David Iskra told WNEP. “I think it’s funny, too.”

‘Tis the season.

A representative for the Wilkes-Barre DPW didn’t immediately return INSIDER’s request for comment.

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