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This slush-filled canyon on North Menard stranded motorists Friday. (CBS)

This slush-filled canyon on North Menard stranded motorists Friday. (CBS)

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(CBS) – The city of Chicago has filled more than 200,000 potholes so far this year, but one huge pothole in the Austin neighborhood continues to cause trouble.

It’s on the 1600 block of North Menard and is about the size of a children’s kiddie pool — if not bigger – and is full of slush.

Drivers were getting stuck in it all day long on Friday, and residents say they have called the city several times.

Ebony Braithewaite, who had a child in the car with her when she was stuck, got pushed out by some kindly neighbors.

Many other cars backed up to avoid the pothole when they saw a car stuck. One driver actually drove onto the sidewalk and then sped away.

Eventually late Friday afternoon, two Cook County Sheriff’s police deputies just happened to drive by and helped yet another stuck driver. Then the deputies said they would call the city, too.

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