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WILSON — While we haven't had an extraordinary amount of rain, we've had enoughto keep the ground saturated. And, that's causing a lot of problems forarea builders with housing deadlines.

Tony Boyette is used to working under deadlines for homeowners all overour state. He builds custom homes year-round, but constant rain likewe've had this week brings his outside jobs to a halt.

Boyette plans for rain every winter, but says this season has been especiallywet so far. If enough rain falls, his employees are forced to work insideuntil it stops.

The prolonged wet weather affects dozens of businesses in every county.Landscaper Al Parker is one of those businesses not under theumbrella.

Companies can try to predict how much downtime they'll experience, butwithout progress, they can't make any money.That forces some profits and some payroll checks to go down, says Boyette.

Businesses say that they're still in pretty good shape. Although it hasbeen a wet winter, planning has helped to soften the blow for somecompanies. However, they say that if the second half of the winter is aswet as the first, they may have to absorb some losses later on.

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