Boulder rental company turning away business for safety of tubers

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BOULDER, Colo. -- Officials closed Boulder Creek to tubers and swimmers earlier this week because of high water levels; it's back now, but that doesn't mean it's safe.

The tubing ban has been lifted so you are allowed to go in the water once more, but with water still running high, experts say you probably shouldn't.

When the temperatures rise, Boulder Creek is one of the top spots for people to jump in and cool off. But after days of wet weather, it's more dangerous than usual.

While you're allowed to go in the water, experts say you probably shouldn't.

That's one reason White Water Tube Company, whose main source of income is from tubers, has decided not to rent them this weekend.

"There's water places that water isn't usually in, and there`s rocks and sticks and trees," said Paul Raymond, manager of the company. "It's just dangerous out there and we don't want anyone to die."

Raymond, who is trained in swift water rescue, shows us why.

"What makes it so dangerous to tubes is that tubes are circular objects; That`s just gonna kind of spin around in there," said Raymond. "It doesn't really have an edge to push it out to one side."

And once you get stuck, it's tough to get out.

"Once you flip, it'll take you under. It's more powerful than you are," Raymond said.

The company has chosen to voluntarily turn away a lot of business.

"It was something we wanted to try, but it's okay, safety first," said one hopeful customer. "But if it's not safe, we definitely don't want to be in there."

Just because Boulder Creek is off-limits though, doesn't mean the water sport business isn't still booming.

"We have rented out basically everything that we have. Come in, get some kayaks, some paddleboards, some rafts," said Raymond.

You can take them to places like Gross Reservoir, or other lakes around the state where the water is calm.

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