Jefferson, Boulder Counties limit waterway activities due to floods

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A tubing ban notice has been placed for St. Vrain River and Clear Creek. (Photo: Boulder County Sheriff's Office)

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Law enforcement in Jefferson County and Boulder County have limited waterway activities in the interest of public safety due to flooding as of Friday at 3 p.m.

These limitations affect the North and South Saint Vrain Creeks and the Saint Vrain River in Boulder County and Lyons, and Clear Creek in Jefferson County and Golden.

The prohibition includes all single-chambered air inflated devices such as belly boats, inner tubes and single chambered rafts, as well as “body-surfers” and swimming.

Kayaks, whitewater canoes and multi-chambered professionally guided rafts and river boards are exempt, but strongly encouraged to observe caution.

People engaging in these activities must have use of a Type I, Type III, or Type V Coast Guard approved paddling life jacket and a water use designed helmet, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

Violatiosn of the prohibitions are subject to a summons for class 2 petty offense and a fine of $50 in Boulder County and $100 in Jefferson County.

Recent severe weather storms and melting of the snow pack have significantly raised the water levels in rivers and creeks in these counties.

The Boulder County Sheriff’s Office state that the Saint Vrain River was flowing at approximately 1320 CFS, significantly above the 1200 CFS volume at which Emergency Services initiates river closures.

The closures will be in place until further notice.

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