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Waterford man starts patching potholes on his street

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A neighbor gave this photo to FOX 2's Taryn Asher to show how deep one of the potholes was. A neighbor gave this photo to FOX 2's Taryn Asher to show how deep one of the potholes was.
WATERFORD, Mich. (WJBK) - There's something different about Lakewood Drive in Waterford Township. These days it's about as smooth as a Michigan road gets, no thanks to the city, county or state - just a man with a mission and a whole lot of asphalt.

"I just decided to do something and all of a sudden it spiraled. I said, 'No, I don't want nothing!'" says Bob Brown.

After the cold loosened it's grip he says his bumpy street became almost impossible to drive - flat tires, busted bumpers and even craters about as deep as a young child (SEE PHOTO). His wife wouldn't even drive down her own road.

"She says, 'I'm not taking my truck. I'm going the long way around.' It's just terrible," Brown says.

The 57-year-old knew it was time for him to do something about these chuck holes that lined his one-mile drive.

"I started down here at the corner, started patching these holes little bit by little bit," he says.

So, how does he do it?

He buys recycled asphalt. And, unlike the road crew, you see, he doesn't heat it up first before he lays it down but it seems to do the trick.

"The other neighbors were coming out, 'Here's a bottle of water and here's an energy drink. Which one? Better yet, just take them both.' And I says, 'Okay, thank you,' because I didn't want money," he says.

Bob just wanted to help.

Some residents decided to pitch in. Others applaud their favorite neighbor.

In a matter of days the potholes seem to disappear.

"Oh the potholes they are marvelous! He's been filling them. We could hardly go up and down Lakewood for awhile," says Nancy Duffield.

"Bob's awesome. He's a great neighbor. Everybody needs a neighbor like Bob. I mean, I can't believe what he did. He's just so nice," says Jody Medford.

"Really happy to see what he did and I really hope he doesn't get any repercussions," says Ted Villella.

Brown isn't exactly sure what he is doing is legal, but he doesn't seem to care either.

FOX 2's Taryn Asher asks him, "So, what if the county comes by and says, 'Hey, you can't do that!' What would you say?"

Brown says, 'Well, all right, whatever it's worth to you, until they leave. You're not doing it so somebody's got to do it."

Another day, another truck load.

"I feel good about it. This is my street. I've lived here for almost 30 years," says Brown.  

And as for Brown's wife?

"Now she can take the shortcut to come in the neighborhood," Brown says.

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