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Has the rainy weather reached the once in twenty years class?

Could you have de watered the work area at a reasonable cost, dry wells, tarping etc... Tenting?

Failing to plan for "normal" wet extremes is poor planning.

Were others engaged in the same work able to forward their projects in the area? Impossibility is the first escape clause for any contract....

In your companies O& P and insurance package their should some type of consideration for sharing the costs/profits of unusually poor and favorable weather events---What did you do with the $ you made during the dry spells???

What to do here and now...
1.Walk away and call your lawyer & insurance agent.
2.Beg the owner for some more time.
3.Start reading contracts and use industry accepted average # of working days for your trade.
4.Hire more men and equipement/ run multiple shifts to finish closer to on time. Work on the job yourself after hours if possible.
5.Sub let some of the job to local compeditors that aren't busy...
6.Call your Errors & Ommissions underwriter with the bad news.
7.Again, if you started ASAP and Manned & equipped the job every day possible, Impossibility "should" free you from back charges, otherwise if you bid the job planning on 100% sunshine, you deserve to pay for your silliness.
 

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LA General, "...time is always UNUSALLY wet...." It can be unusally wet, or it can be always wet, but never,ever both at the same time. Maybe an undiagnosed medical issue? :smile: All kiding aside that is unusually fuzzy thinking.

At some point during the deluge, You should have realized there was no way to meet the original schedule, That was the moment to act to minimise the damage.

If there were any dry weekends you didn't work when possible, I'd enforce the Contract just like the PM is on you.

Going forward, get and use the local weather averages and extremes Hot and Cold to plan on future availiable work days, up here we have first and last frost dates, and ice storms, blizzards,and the occasional tornado, but no Hurricanes yet...
Check the civil sheets for the job sites grade, is it so flat it is an instant swamp after 2" rain? no storm sewers/ drainage ditches, access roads are all weather or dirt? Shady side of the valley--doesn't thaw out until July 4th, refreezes labor Day, or Death Valley, no shade, no trees, no moisture, just Heat and a hot wind. Can you afford/not afford to install a temp rock road for construction traffic?

I'd buy a good book on intro to construction contracts and a Critical path Management text. As Contractors we sell two out of "triangle" of possibilities of services to build a property, Speed, Quality, & cost. The Buyer can have only two of the three, Quick and cheap, no quality, fast and Good, very exspensive, or good & cheap=the slow boat from China. pick one.

Parish(county) Engineer perhaps? send $$/wiskey to the parish(county) supervisors maybe?
 
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