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Local Lifeguards Respond to Poor Weather Conditions

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Local lifeguards have already had to respond to poor weather conditions this swim season.

The Elks Aquatic Center in Bismarck opened earlier this month and has had to close due to weather conditions a few times already.

But workers say this season has been better than last year so far.

Assistant Manager Tanner Rusch says last year the pool was only open one day its first week.

He says the pool has a radar detection system to monitor storms and they use it everyday.

"We decided to close yesterday for the safety of everyone and just so no one-- none of the lifeguards would be out here in like really cold rainy weather or so that their cars would get hailed on or anything like that and there was a tornado watch," says Elks Aquatic Center Assistant Manager Tanner Rusch.

Rusch says the pool shuts down for at least 30 minutes after a lightning strike, but the pool may stay open if it's just raining.

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