High winds play havoc with local construction crewsFargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Wicked winds are dealing a big blow to construction crews. Gusts reached up to 40 miles per hour this afternoon, forcing some crews to end work early.
Wicked winds are dealing a big blow to construction crews. Gusts reached up to 40 miles per hour this afternoon, forcing some crews to end work early.
Wild winds reaching the 30-40 mile per hour range are whipping through construction sites. Many have one word for this weather: Annoying.
Zack Olson – Paces Lodging Corporation: "Seeing debris blow around is frustrating. Trying to carry stuff like large sheets of plywood or something like that, you know they become a whole lot heavier when you have winds."
Project managers say wind like this changes the time-table of how quickly things get done.
Zack Olson: "Obviously shinglers can't do a lot right now, but carpenters they can do a lot on the inside, a lot of the plumbing and electrical takes place inside."
Right now, gusts are reaching between 30 and 35 miles per hour, and it's causing some crews to stop working,
Ryan Huisenga – 4 Him Roofing: "We go home for the day and then it pushes everything back a day."
Roofers did get in some early morning shingling, but as wind speeds pushed higher just before lunch, they can forget getting more work done. Now crews have to catch up later.
Zack Olson: "It does affect crews behind them because they can't do much without a weather tight roof.”
Everyone we talked to says the wind is irritating, but it's important to cut crews loose, in the name of safety. Crews will be back to work as soon as winds calm down.