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Published December 09, 2011, 10:20 PM

Dry weather giving construction crews much needed catch-up time

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - After a long line of delays, the drier winter weather is giving construction contractors a chance to catch up. Workers call this unique, not too often do we see so many homes going up this late in the season.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

After a long line of delays, the drier winter weather is giving construction contractors a chance to catch up. Workers call this unique; not too often do we see so many homes going up this late in the season.

A late flood and rainy weather delayed construction season for most companies. Some became weeks behind, others months. Now, a turnaround.

Bill Brouillard – Century Builders: “You don't work as fast.”

When many of us are counting down the days until Christmas, construction crews are counting their lucky stars.

Bill Brouillard: “Shoveling. No shoveling is nice.”

Workers, like Bill Brouillard, are crossing their fingers, this unique sight will stay and the snow will keep away.

Bill Brouillar: “So you know where you are going on the fork lift and you don't have to shovel out the building or don't worry about snap lines showing up.”

Josh Olson – 4Him Roofing: “It's not as cold for one which makes it a lot easier and we don't have any snow yet, which makes it really a lot easier.”

No matter where you turn, crews are climbing timber. Some houses are just starting to be built.

Josh Olson: “I can't complain about it at all.”

Roofs are often up by now, but not this year.

Josh Olson: “We don't have to charge for snow removal.”

Roofers, like Josh Olson, are getting more jobs done last minute. It’s a quick turnaround before they are on to another house.

Josh Olson: “Just get in as many as we can before the snow falls kind of time.”

Don’t expect this sight to disappear. Even after days of delays, workers are warm to the idea that snow will eventually appear. Their jobs will just get a bit more interesting.

Bill Brouillard: “There's no getting away from it.”

Construction crews are still doing ground work. Normally, soil is frozen and has several inches of snow on top. They say dressing is tricky. Workers can't wear too warm of clothing or they sweat, then get cold.

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