Galveston readies for second week of Spring Break

GALVESTON, TX (KTRK) -- Spring break 2015 started off with a whimper on the beaches of Galveston.

"They've been on spring break all week," said Shelby Kilduff from Katy, referring to her three kids. "It's been pretty crummy at home, raining, backyard flooded, but we thought we would make an adventure out despite the overcast weather."

The weather was dreary all week long, with rain almost every day. But as round two of spring break nears, most schools will be out next week, it seems like rain won't keep the crowds away.

There were visitors from all over the country this week, from Dallas to Kansas City.

But for most spring break starts next week when Galveston beach patrol is expecting the crowds.

"We are going to be at about 50% capacity as far as lifeguards, so we've got 50 lifeguards that have been training and will do requalification on Saturday and we'll have people up on the towers," said Kara Harrison with Galveston Island Beach Patrol.

Beach patrol official say the top three things to remember are:
    1. Keep in mind it lifeguard stands are set up near the most dangerous areas of the water. Keep an eye on the flags. Green is for safe conditions, yellow for moderate, and read for risky, more intense currents.

    2. Alcohol is not allowed at most beaches, but is permitted at East Beach/Apffel Park, Porretto Beach, and west of 61st St to 16 Mile Road. Violators will be fined.

    3. Make sure you cool off your barbecue coals! Patrol officials said burying coals in the sand tends to actually keep the coals heated so people get burn their feet when they walk on it. Officials advise that you cool down with sea water.

The weather is expected to warm up a bit next week.
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