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Eastern Iowa lifeguards may earn less money due to cool spring

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This spring's cool weather and severe storms are leading to a rough start for those who enjoy swimming pools. This spring's cool weather and severe storms are leading to a rough start for those who enjoy swimming pools.
DUBUQUE (KWWL) -

This spring's cool weather and severe storms are leading to a rough start for those who enjoy swimming pools.

It is that weather that caused Sutton Pool in Dubuque to open two days late on May 25.

By Sunday afternoon, Sutton Pool was packed with hundreds of people looking to escape the warm weather. The pool had closed twice earlier in the week due to severe weather.

"Whenever there is thunder and lightning, we have to get all the kids out of the pool right away," Sutton Pool manager Laura Callahan said. "If (there is thunder) and lightning for 15 minutes, then we have to close early."

Closing early means lost money for lifeguards who are scheduled to work those shifts. Alex Pfiffner was one of those lifeguards.

"I'm trying to get some money so that I can go back to school," Pfiffner said. "But I work here and then I have been picking up hours at the YMCA as well. So I'm just trying to make sure I have enough."

Lifeguards at Flora Pool are also losing money. The pool has been open since May 25, but has had to close early everyday its first two weeks due to the weather.

Flora Pool manager Brad Gilligan is deeming this weekend the first official opening weekend for the pool.

"We were not able to stay open an entire day the first two weeks," Gilligan said. "No one really wanted to come to the pool, so guards were fighting for hours. We really just wanted the sun."

As the sun shined bright Sunday afternoon, many made their way to both Sutton Pool and Flora Pool. Gilligan says it's a different sight than just a couple of weeks before.

"Throughout the day we probably had under 10 people for some days," he said. "It did get pretty bad. But I am pretty sure Sunday we had over a thousand people just from the 1-5 p.m. session."

A busy and warm day makes this perfect pool weather mean even more then a nice dip in the pool.

"All the lifeguards can get some hours in and make some money," Callahan said.

As it continues to get warmer out, Sutton Pool and Flora Pool will both be open every day next week -- weather permitting.

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