FEMA HMGP Projects

The Town of Jamestown, along with its engineers, identified several projects that could help to mitigate the impact on the community in the event of another disaster through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP). The Town submitted four applications for HMGP project funding:

  • Property Buy-Out
  • Elevations
  • Lower Main St. Bridge
  • Rain Gauge

Below is the status of each of these projects.



Updated May 1, 2017:

6 properties have been purchased by the Town through the HMGP Buyout Program. (Two additional properties were bought out through the CDBG-DR Buyout Program, with an additional property purchased by the county in 2017. This property will be transferred over to the ownership of the town soon.) These properties must remain open space in perpetuity.

  • The LUHAC Committee is currently exploring potential uses for some of the properties.
  • FEMA rejected the Uniform Relocation Act (URA) claim. The Town is using CDBG-DR funds for URA for tenants living in properties that went through buyout.

This grant program is for the purpose of physically raising an existing structure to an elevation at least one foot above the base flood elevation (BFE). Two Jamestown properties are included in the HMGP Elevation Program.

Updated May 1, 2017:

  • Design is currently being finalized for two homes currently in the floodplain
  • Invitation For Bid (IFB) is expected to be released by the end of May
  • Construction is planned to be complete in 2017

Lower Main St. Bridge
The Town was awarded a Phase I grant from FEMA HMGP for $180,000 to complete the design and engineering plans to increase the water conveyance capacity of the bridge. The failure of this bridge to convey enough water and debris in the 2013 Flood caused the river to divert out of its channel and flow down Lower Main St., destroying several houses. Plans for the selected option are complete and the project is anticipated to go out to bid the end of January 2018.  Phase II funding for the construction of the proposed changes to the bridge has been approved by FEMA.

  • Rock Sol (the Town’s selected engineer) completed and submitted to DHSEM the 100% design in January 2018.
  • The bidding process begins the end of January 2018 with bids due the end of February.
  • Construction is anticipated to begin mid-late March 2018 and be complete by the end of summer 2018.

Rain Gauge Project (FEMA HMGP / CDBG-DR)

Online Links

Esri Story Map

Lynker Technologies created a Story Map which summarizes the reports, presentations, and data as an interactive resource that is publicly accessible and hosted online here: https://arcg.is/0yS0KO


Link to UDFCD’s ALERT System real-time data pages. From here you may review rainfall-related and weather activity throughout the region and specifically the Walker Mountain Gauge:


2. Technical Reports

Design Development

Phase I – JT AFWS_Phase 1_Final Tech Report_20170914 (reduced)

Phase II – Jamestown_AFWS_Tech_Report_20180626

Gauge Installation Report

Walker Mountain Installation Report

September 11, 2017 – Presentation (click link below for more information)

Design Development Services For Automated Flood Warning System (AFWS)

Updated May 1, 2017:

  • April 28, 2017 – three proposals were received to design the rain/stream gauge system and the Town is currently selecting a design firm
  • The gauges will tie into the existing Boulder County Flood Warning System to provide more accurate data and improve the warning system
  • Boulder County will maintain the gauges