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People work through the heat to bring home a paycheck

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When it comes to hot temperatures, some people have no choice but to work through the scorching heat to maintain a steady income.

Along Southwest 158th Avenue around 1 p.m., a line of back hoes with no drivers behind the wheel.

"When its hot like this, we try to get them out of here early," Darryl Umberger, manager for Kodiak Pacific said of his workers.

According to Umberger, the typical 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. shift changes in the heat. Instead, workers will come in around 6 a.m. and head out the door a few hours early. This way, they can achieve a steady income. 

"We still want to try to get them hours, guys don't like making less than what they can make for a 40 hour week," said Umberger.

With the shift change, Umberger does not try to put his guys to the test, he said, when it is hot.

"We give them a little bit of electrolyte tablets to take, make sure we provide them with water, some Gatorade," Umberger said.

"I'm basically outside from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.," Brody Hval, who works at Portland Golf Club, said.

He said being a caddy is not easy. He just started working a 3-day men's golf tournament. The upside to standing in the scorching sun is getting extra cash for a job well done.

"I can't remember the last time its been this hot personally. You hope to get some tips obviously but yeah its pretty good," said Hval.

Downtown at Mother's Bistro, everyone was taking the heat in the kitchen, but on the floor, accommodations were made.

"During the day we turned off all the lights in the dining room because we had enough ambient light. We turned off one of the ovens we normally keep on. We usually have a heat lamp over our food so it stays hot but we turned that off," Lisa Schroder, executive chef and owner said.

Schroder said her employees' wallets were hit hard enough over the winter -- this is the time to make up that cash.

"We had to close four or five or maybe six days, and it not only affects the restaurant's pocket book, but what about my staff. I have 65 employees that depend on this income," said Schroder.

The extremely challenging heat was not for everyone, but for these passionate people who love what they do, making a few changes when weather dictates you daily life, is not so bad.

For businesses their bottom line may be taking a hit, but they will not know the financial cost for some time.

Temperatures will remain high throughout the next few days and throughout next week.

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