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David Owsley, right, leads a group of friends down the raging water of Boulder Creek on Tuesday.
David Owsley, right, leads a group of friends down the raging water of Boulder Creek on Tuesday.
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Tubing in Boulder Creek is back on, with a ban that was imposed last week lifted this afternoon.

Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle and Boulder Police Chief Greg Testa agreed to lift the ban after determining that the water flow rates in Boulder Creek have sufficiently slowed, according to a news release.

Typically, the threshold for implementing a tubing ban is 700 cubic feet per second. Early last week, the Boulder Creek flow varied between 500 and 650 cfs, according to a city news release. With high runoff and an increase in the number of visitors to the creek for the Fourth of July weekend, the ban was put in place in the interest of safety.

Monday afternoon, the creek was running at about 375 cfs near Broadway and Arapahoe Avenue.

In consultation with Lyons, Pelle also decided to lift a ban on tubing in the North Saint Vrain Creek, South Saint Vrain Creek and the Saint Vrain River, which was put in place last month.

More information on Boulder Creek flow rates can be found at bouldercolorado.gov/flood/boulder-creek-flow-rates. For more information on St. Vrain flow rates, visit on.doi.gov/2XB7HhM.

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