Heavy rain, flooding, high winds... The Minnesota summer of 2016 has been one of extremes.  From downed trees to washed-out erosion control and excavation cave-ins, even the most proactive and well-planned residential development site can experience serious complications during a season like the one were having now.  Although you can’t fight Mother Nature, there are some practical strategies that will help mitigate the impact of severe weather on your development, cut down on wasted materials and labor and minimize delays. 

 

  1. Plan for Bad Weather

Take proactive measures by building a contingency into your project plan that allow for unexpected delays.  Construction project planning software can help you to build this contingency into your infill development project. Some developers subscribe to tailored construction weather forecasting services to help them make decisions about materials, equipment and manpower.  Summer construction season always brings summer storms – plan for them.

 

 

  1. Protect the Site From Damage

Prior to storms and other severe weather, secure the development site as thoroughly as possible. Equipment and materials that can be moved indoors should be, while larger items should be covered and tightly secured. Items that can be thrown around in heavy winds should either be tied down or removed from the site. This includes smaller items such as tools and larger items such as dumpsters and portable bathrooms. Place sandbag perimeters around any area likely to flood and board up open windows or doors in unfinished structures. 

 

 

  1. Implement Post-Storm-Event Protocols

Once the deluge is over, the first step to getting back on schedule quickly is to assess impacts.  Are there trees down that obstruct walkways, alleys or roads?  Is there debris such as tree branches, signage or tarps strewn around the site or on neighboring property?  Are silt fences intact with no gaps or tears? Is mud creeping across a neighboring businesses parking lot?  Active building site should be inspected immediately after significant weather event and conditions restored as quickly as possible. If your building site is a mess it not only costs you money and reflects poorly on your development, but it can also get you in trouble with your neighbors.