Jamestown emerging from flood damage nightmare with help from federal funds, perseverance

JAMESTOWN, Colo. - Seven months after the devastating floods in Colorado, one of the hardest hit mountain towns is gaining some steam in its rebuilding efforts.

In the middle of September's flooding, Jamestown was cut off by floodwaters on all sides, leaving only destruction in its wake.

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However, 7NEWS went back to the scene of that devastation and found something new: hope.

Mayor Tara Schoedinger said things are getting better every day in Jamestown. But she added that the process has been tough.

"The last 7 1/2 months have been, probably, the most difficult in our lives," said Schoedinger.

With the help of federal funding, engineering experts have come in to stabilize the river that runs through the town.

"We have to understand how the stream behaves, how it moves material and then we design ways for the water to come down the stream to make their way through town without causing the kind of damage we saw last September," said Marco Aieta with the engineering company AMEC.

Graeme Agget with AMEX said he's confident that the river is this a lot more stable than it was back when they started the repair work

"It really is about survival. This is a small mountain town and if we can't put the infrastructure back in play for people to live here they're going to have to find someplace else to go," said Aieta.

The people rebuilding the town, and those living in it, say it's been an amazing journey.   

"I think everybody's risen above and beyond what they normally would have imagined individually, as well as a community," said Schoedinger.

Boulder County is working with federal highway officials to fund the reconstruction of roads in the area.

About $44 million in funding is needed -- $30 million of that for the reconstruction of Lefthand Canyon Drive.

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