When you're building a new home, it can seem like forever before the house is finished and ready for move-in. That wait becomes even longer
when builders are battling heavy rain almost every day.
Home sales in Dothan are up this year, but the rain keeps coming down. Builder, Bart Liddon, knows that reality all too well.
"It just interrupts the flow of the day," he says, "particularly if we are clearing and grading, finishing concrete, framing a house or even putting a roof on."
A roof is one thing that Liddon wishes could always cover his crew while they work.
"You just get interupted for a half a day or a full day. It's very frustrating," says Liddon.
He says all of those days of interruption are adding up, and his home construction is falling behind. "It has probably cost us a week and a half to two weeks the weather in July."
P.C. Brown says local landscapers are also getting disrupted by the rain. "We're on a couple of projects right now that are practically underwater," he says. "We need two or three days of just good dry sunny weather to even be able to get back on the project."
The relentless rain has rendered irrigation systems nearly useless for the month. Compared to the last few summers in the Wiregrass, which were much hotter and drier, this July is shaping up to be one of the wettest in recent memory. As the downpour continues,contracters are trying to keep things in perspective.
Brown says, "rain is better for our business than hot and dry... just maybe not quite this much."
With more rain in the forecast for this weekend, it looks like the waiting game will continue for builders and landscapers.
Landscapers say there's been so much rain in July that if you have a yard with big, leafy plants, you may want to be on the lookout for fungi and disease growth on their leaves.
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