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06/18/03 - Tyler

Outdoor Workers See Sun, Their Jobs For First Time In A While

"Usually from the first of June to the first of September, is our driest part of the year," says Riley Harris of RPR Construction.

That is not the case this year. For days, the heavy equipment went no where. Wednesday, the going was slow.

"The ground is just saturated, and when you run heavy equipment over that saturated ground, it creates loblollies," he says. RPR Construction is working on additions to Tyler's Caldwell Zoo. It's a project that was supposed to be complete a month from now.

"Now, it looks like we're set back about three weeks. So it could be mid-August, provided we don't get any more rain," Harris says.

Landscapers are having a tough time as well.

"After it rains so hard like that, we can't even get onto the property to do anything." says Miles Brosang of Brosang's Landscaping. 

The grass keeps growing when it rains, each day over the past week was uglier than the last.

"We just called our customers and told them, 'Hey, we're doing what we can do'."

Now the rain has stopped, it's in high gear. Brosang says his landscape workers will be very busy now.

"We'll work until about 8:00 tonight. But we're hoping about Saturday of this week, we will be pretty close."

He'll be working overtime, and so will the workers who need to make up lost wages.

Summer time, is what everyone hopes they get.

"We need sunshine. We need sunshine, and a little wind would help too," Harris says.

So long as another storm doesn't blow in.

Reported by Morgan Palmer

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