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Allegheny County Public Pools Closed Due To Staffing Struggles

MCCANDLESS (KDKA) -- With the summer heat in our region, your first thought might be "let's head to the pool," but not so fast. Some pools in our area are closed Monday because of staffing issues.

Over the weekend, two pools in Allegheny County had to close some areas because they didn't have enough workers. On Monday, the pools at Settlers Cabin, South Park, Boyce Park and North Park will all be closed.

Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald says it's a combination of a few things causing the closures. Fitzgerald says that not having enough lifeguards, some going on vacation and rearranging shifts to make sure all pools can be fully open for the Fourth of July weekend are factors.

"We've already seen because of the hours we ask them to work, coming into the Fourth of July weekend, we don't want them stretched too thin. We don't want them tired or fatigued. It's going to be a big weekend," Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald says the county is actively recruiting by adding more classes and that the job pays between $14 and $16 per hour with incentives.

The county says its pools will reopen Tuesday at 11:30 a.m., weather and conditions permitting.

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