Flood Recovery


Photo Credit: Helen H. Richardson, The Denver Post

Jamestown experienced a traumatic flood event on September 11, 2013 that lasted for three days. During this event we not only lost 14% of the homes in town, 50% of the roads, our water plant and the JVFD Fire Station, but we lost a much-loved patriarch of our Community, Joe Howlett. As a result of the flood, 90% of our community was forced to relocate. More 2013 Flood Facts here.

Since the flood, we have been working diligently toward our Town’s recovery. As of January 2017, six homes have been rebuilt, with three more in process. Our drinking water system is back online, many roads have been repaired, our creek is now safer, and approximately 90% of our community has returned to Jamestown, along with many new faces. We are grateful to the many wonderful people who have contributed – and who continue to contribute – to our Town’s restoration. Please view our 2016 Year End Report for a list of recovery milestones. 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

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