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Gator in the Pipes Delays Work at FL Site

Friday, October 27, 2017

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Delays can arise on construction projects for any number of reasons: weather, permits, cash flow. Then there’s the problem that caused a setback on an eastern Florida site on Monday—an alligator clogging a pipeline.

The Martin County Sheriff’s Office reports that the gator crawled into a 60-inch underground pipe that workers on an Indiantown worksite needed access to, and wouldn’t leave on its own. Crews called in state wildlife officials, who eventually brought in a trapper to deal with the gator.

There were no injuries, and work started back up once the gator was removed, but the crew was left with video documentation, courtesy of the sheriff’s office, as well as a reminder that project delays come in all shapes and sizes, and it’s always worth double checking inside that pipe before you crawl into it.

   

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