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Intense heat continues with area construction

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- A heat advisory is in place until Friday night, forcing those in the region to ride out this heat wave for the better part of the week.   And for those working outside, it provides little to no relief... and for most, it simply can not be avoided.

It's Hot. It's Humid.  It's the nature of the business.

"We're redoing some water main and some storm sewer. Stuff like that," says ELCOR machine operator Dave Marin.  With a heat advisory in place, temperatures in the 90sm and the heat index pushing the century mark, crews push through one of the projected hottest weeks of the year.

"So far we've been doing pretty good so we just keep going," says Marin.

Marin is in the midst of this 3-month project and hopes Monday's elements is as bad as it gets.  "We do a pretty good job of making sure we all get a break and kind of help each other out as far as shoveling," said Marin.

Just blocks away. The ongoing construction of Mayo Clinic's Jacobson Building continues.  "This is bad," said Nietz Electric Job Foreman Phil Ward.  "You have to pay attention to it because you can get pretty weak real fast."

Ward said when the heat turns severe... one rule gets put in place.  "You need liquids, you go get'em. That's it."

Working 8 to 12 hours in the sun can cause some issues. But everyone keeps an eye out for each other.. "Mostly watching the other guys," said Ward.  "Making sure they're not getting drowsy. Usually that's the first sign of heat."

And no matter which Minnesota  extreme is thrown at them, deadlines still have to be met."We tough it out and get it done," said Marin.

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