The city of Boulder shut down the Boulder Creek Path underpass at 30th Street for the second time this month due to flooding, but officials said Monday the closures are common during the spring and not a concern.
Boulder briefly closed the underpass where it crosses 30th Street just south of Scott Carpenter Park because runoff from the creek was crossing the path after a storm dropped 5.1 inches of snow on the city Sunday.
It was the second time that particular underpass has been closed this month after a snowstorm due to heavy runoff. The underpass also was closed on April 3 after a storm dropped 7.1 inches of snow in the city.
City officials have told residents to be aware of flood risks this year after September's flooding saturated the ground and changed the course of some creeks.
But Boulder spokesman Mike Banuelos on Monday said these particular closures were not unusual and were not a concern despite September's devastating flooding.
"This happens every spring," he said.
Banuelos said Monday's closure was lifted fairly quickly once the waters receded enough for pedestrians and bicyclists to pass through.
City officials have previously warned that with saturated ground and reservoirs at capacity, runoff from melting snowpack — currently at 169 percent to 258 percent of normal — coupled with spring thunderstorms and remaining flood debris raise the risk of flash floods and landslides.