Jamestown needs funding, running water to revive after September flooding

JAMESTOWN, Colo. - Nearly six months after the devastating floods in Colorado, Jamestown is still struggling to gain ground on recovery efforts.  

"We don't have the money for the repairs that this is going to take," said Erika Archer, assistant to the Jamestown Mayor.

Plans to rebuild Jamestown from the destruction caused by flooding are on hold until the town receives funding assistance and running water. 

Colorado lawmakers are considering legislation that would streamline the distribution of recovery funding to areas like Jamestown.  

Town leaders have already put together a plan specifying how and where to rebuild.  Archer said the timeline  depends on when financial assistance is received and when residents displaced by flooding can return.  

"We have to have our people home to participate in our own recovery. That is the number one goal, to get people home to start, begin the healing of the community," said Archer.

90 percent of Jamestown's population before the flooding, remains displaced.  Those residents have been living in Boulder, Longmont or other cities where there is running water.  Archer said those residents have been unable to return, in part, because there is still no running water in Jamestown.

"There are certain barriers that are holding them back, but I think they will come back," said Nina Andalora, Jamestown resident.

Andalora said Jamestown will never be the same, "But it's going to be back."

The few who have been able to stick around Jamestown tell 7NEWS they still have faith in their town, built on a foundation strong enough to rebuild.

"I think Jamestown is an incredibly resilient town, and it has the capacity to heal and the capacity to get beyond this," said Archer.

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