The Town of Jamestown is located in Boulder County, Colorado, 12 miles northwest of the City of Boulder. It was incorporated in 1883, after gold was discovered near Jim Creek in the 1870s. The Town has a pre-flood population of approximately 300 people. Also within our Town is Jamestown Elementary School, one of the few remaining “one-room” schools in the country; the Jamestown Mercantile (presenting live music every Friday and Saturday night); and the Jamestown Community Church.
Jamestown experienced a traumatic flood event on September 11, 2013 that lasted for 3 days. During this event we not only lost 13% of the homes in town, 50% of the roads, both bridges, our water plant and the JVFD Fire Hall, but we lost the patriarch of our Community, Joe Howlett. As a result of the flood, 90% of our community was forced to relocate.
Over the last year, we have been working diligently toward our town’s recovery. While our community is not yet fully restored, more than 88% of our households are home. As of the one-year anniversary of the flood, we have two homes actively being rebuilt, with ground being broken on two more by Mennonite Disaster Service this fall. Our drinking water system is back online, roads are being repaired, our creek is now safer, and little by little, our community is returning to Jamestown. We are grateful to the many wonderful people who have contributed to our town’s rebuilding.
The event may have changed the landscape of our Community, but our Community is still strong. We are rebuilding Jamestown!
I’ve been to many disasters but I can say I’ve never been to a stronger community. As I said before, the determination, strength, and gratitude was inspirational. You Jimtowners are the model of how a community should come together after such an event. If I could bottle the spirit of Jamestown I would call it ‘Mountain Strong’. ~Scott W, FEMA Inspector