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#TeamAndrew: Volunteers work through rain, mud to meet deadline

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APISON, TN (WRCB) -

The #TeamAndrew build site remains wet and muddy after a Monday night storm drenched the property, but crews are still working to meet the July 4 deadline.

"As long as we're under a roof and dried in, we can always do work inside the house because work inside the house will always take longer and be more pressing than the outside," said Ryan Piersant.

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A local contractor, Piersant said the heavy rain isn't slowing progress just yet. The inside is almost done but the exterior needs two coats of paint.

"It's gotta be dry," Piersant said. "The exterior paint needs hours to dry. So if it's raining, we're gonna have to go in and do a touch-up. But I think we were able to get the first coat on without too many problems."

The downpour affects other aspects of the week-long project, too.

Beth Griggs is in charge of feeding the volunteers and said her food tent was in a couple inches of water Monday night.

"Last night was the Nile River coming through the food tent," she said.

She said the thousands of bottles of water in donations surrounded her food tent, blocking the rain water from leaving the area. Griggs and other volunteers began moving the barricade of bottled water in order to let the storm water pass through the tent.

Now, as Thursday's reveal looms closer, workers watch the weather with optimism.

"The lack of sleep is a little difficult but the rain we can handle. So we're doing well," Griggs said.

Weather permitting, crews hope to install a concrete sidewalk around the house by Thursday.

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