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Wet weather dampens local construction business

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While recent wet weather has been great for our drought, it's been bad for some local businesses.

About a foot of rain has fallen in the last two months, according to FOX 5 Storm Team chief meteorologist Ken cook. Lake Lanier is up 10 feet in that time, but some who work in construction said that the wet ground is soaking their wallets.

Shandton Williams says the rain has made it difficult for him to schedule construction jobs. He said it doesn't take long for the work to pile up.

"I had a roof job that needed to be done last week that got delayed almost 3 to 4 days because of the rain that was going on last week," Williams said.

He said that he has another job this week that probably won't start until Thursday.

The wet, soft ground also makes it difficult to use heavy machinery and rain gets in the way of pouring concrete.

In the meantime, a lot of laborers aren't getting paid.

"They get paid when they work only and only when the job is complete.  So when they cannot complete the work, I can't pay them," Williams.

Ken points out that rain is the norm in January and February, but some construction crews got used to working through the winter during the drought years.

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