01/13/2014 07:14 EST | Updated 03/15/2014 05:59 EDT

Mild temperatures prompt city pothole blitz

Toronto city crews are hitting the streets in big numbers this morning, taking advantage of mild temperatures to tackle a big problem: potholes.

More than 5,000 potholes have been filled in the first few days of 2014.

While that number may sound high, Toronto's director of transportation services Peter Noehammer says it's on pace with last year. Each year the city fills about 200,000 potholes.

"It is pothole season now with the fluctuating temperatures," he told CBC News. "We do try and stay on top of it. We make great progress when we have a lot of crews out there doing a blitz."

About 45 crews will take to Toronto's streets as part of today's effort. That's about twice the normal number.

CBC's Linda Ward was out on the roads Monday morning and found it a bumpy ride in some spots.

"It's not a smooth drive out here at all this morning," she reported. "Lots of bumps and cracks that have opened up due to that deep freeze last week and this weekend's mild temperatures."

If you have a pothole you'd like fixed, you can report it to the city by calling 311.