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Boulder Creek - Red Lion Inn Bridge

Daily Camera says it washed out. Does that mean there's no more portage? Anyone have a visual?

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Nothing abnormal about it yesterday afternoon (usual death sieve) but this sounds new. Another significant hazard is watching out for an old naked dude sunbathing on the rocks just above the bridge. I hope the bridge does wash out. It's unconscionable that the owner's parsimony created a death trap on the creek. I guess if it goes that means watching out for debris coming down though.
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It sure looks like it'll need to be replaced. Perhaps with some pressure the owners will do the right thing and install a navigable bridge this time.
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Looks like it could be deepsouth's new favorite rapid.
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Creek paths cleared due to flash flood fears

BOULDER - Police and fire crews are scrambling to clear people from paths along Boulder Creek because of the possibility a strong surge of water could wash over low-lying areas on Tuesday.

Boulder Police say a bridge upstream in Boulder Canyon was compromised after being hit by debris, causing water to back up behind it. Officials fear at some point the bridge, located at the Red Lion at 37400 Boulder Canyon Drive, could give way sending a strong surge of water into Boulder.

Authorities say they don't think the surge of water will affect residences or businesses along the creek, but they say it is important for people to stay off the paths and away from the fast-moving water.
9NEWS has a crew en route and will update this story as more information becomes available.
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I see a line...

Boulder creek was awesome yesterday. Big water fun. Lots of crazy boulder hazards to keep you on your toes though. Naked old men lounging on rocks, unsightly lesbians making out vigorously on the bank, and yahoo dumb asses in inflatable K-mart rafts launching massive logs into the creek and into widowmaker causing boaters to swim after getting stuck in the hole with the log.

Safety note. The massive log was about 10ft long and 2 ft in diameter. We hauled it on to the bank just downstream of widowmaker on river left, but it was waterlogged and heavy and we couldn't get it too far out of the water. Higher water could launch it downstream.

The red lion bridge was rediculous. That thing needed to go. Not sure who or how that should happen, but some river safety needs to be brought into that discussion.
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Hey, just an FYI, I met the owner of the Red Lion a couple years back while portaging the bridge. He actually asked Joel and I to come up on his property and use the stairs down onto the lawn to launch again because he didn't want to see anyone getting hurt launching from the much steeper left bank. He might be pretty reasonable and I'd try a tactful approach first.
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Water buildup behind bridge

Have your raft ready to launch at 4 mile when this baby lets go.

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Red Lion bridge is backed up and crumbling away as I type. Just ran from 4 mile down. Emergency crews at every path interface keeping pedestrians away.

I was pleasantly surprised that no one tried to keep us from paddling.


Big shout out to Boulder County authorities for not "saving me from imminent danger"
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