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First Coast roofers bear the brunt of heat wave

6:05 PM, Jul 2, 2012   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A week ago, tropical storm rain kept roofers on the ground, but this week, a heat wave has them on the roof under the blazing sun.

"It's hot ... I say about 110 up here," said Morris Stephens, who was working on a steep roof with no shade, but with plenty of water nearby.

Stephens, along with Mike Ewr, battled the heat by starting early in the morning with plans to knock off for the day sometime mid afternoon.

"Once the shingles get so hot, you'll start damaging them actually trying to work on them. You'll scar up," said Ewr who noted his crew of three drinks more than ten gallons of water a day.

Roofers across the city are slammed with work following Tropical Storm Debby last week, which brought more than 15 inches of rain to some parts of the city.


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