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From empty lot to move-in ready: Dubuque building blitz underway

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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

Crews are hard at work in Dubuque this week, as they attempt to build a house in just five days.

The Dubuque and Jackson Counties Habitat for Humanity has teamed up with the Dubuque Home Builders to build a brand new house in just one week.

"It's been crazy how it sounds impossible, to me, when they said five days, and I'm like, oh! But I put it on paper, and now I'm living it first hand, I'm really confident,. And mother nature is cooperating," said Gerb Smith, who is heading up the project.

Anywhere from 20-40 people will be on site all week, doing everything from building the actual frame, to installing windows, painting, and everything else that goes into home construction.

He said it was easy to find people for the job.

"I didn't have to beg anybody. They came instantly, and they volunteered instantly, and they were calling me. So I guess it speaks volumes for Dubuque and the community," he said.

Smith said it was normally take two to three months to build a house that size, but he's confident that they'll have everything finished when the work day wraps up Friday.

"Everybody's really stepped up to bat. It's an honor and privilege to be a part of it, honestly."

Smith says he doesn't believe Habitat has picked a family for the house yet, but believes that will happen sometime this week.

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