Jamestown 2013 Flood Facts

  • Jamestown experienced a traumatic flood event beginning on September 11, 2013, lasting for three days.
  • The National Weather Service called the 23 countywide disaster a 1000-year event, but it is more commonly classified as a 500+ year event, as the measuring tools do not actually define a 1,000 year event.
  • The total rainfall in the Jamestown region was estimated at 17 inches.
  • Jamestown Public Infrastructure Loss: ~$22M (updated 12/2016)
  • 18 homes were destroyed.
  • 44 homes were damaged.
  • 90% of the town was evacuated by helicopter and displaced for many months.
  • The Jamestown Fire Station was completely destroyed and rebuilt.
  • 24 acres of the James Creek Stream Corridor were severely impacted.
  • The Jamestown Town Square Park was completely destroyed.
  • Elysian Park suffered significant damage with portions that were not accessible for 6 weeks.
  • The Jamestown Post Office was severely damaged and closed for 140 days.
  • Jamestown Elementary closed due to lack of access to emergency services and drinking water. The students met at two different locations for the duration of the 2013/2014 school year.
  • Jamestown Community Church sustained water damage to the flooring.
  • The Town’s drinking water plant was severely damaged, and over 50% of the distribution system destroyed.
  • Andersen Hill and Bridge was completely destroyed.

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Learn more about Jamestown’s Flood Recovery here.