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Jamestown rebuilds after devastating floods

Posted: 5:10 PM, Apr 21, 2016
Updated: 2016-04-22 00:30:08Z

Nearly three years after a flood devastated a Boulder County mountain town, residents continue to rebuild and hope for a better future.

“To be away from our community was such a loss,” said Kael Davis, who lost her home to the flood. "Back when, you know, you need your friends and family the most, you’re displaced."

The Flatirons Habitat for Humanity rebuilt the Davis’ home last summer.

On Thursday, the organization received a $20,000 donation from State Farm Insurance to help with relief efforts.

The group is currently working on rebuilding two homes in Jamestown that were destroyed by the flood.

“Not only did we lose our home and almost all the contents,” said Smith, “but to lose our neighbors, all our friends our family, our community, our backyard pond -- those were the devastating things.”  

The Davis’ new home now sits 18 inches higher than the highest point where the water rose during the flood.

“We had to make sure that we were not creating more of an ongoing issue in being able to provide more of a solution while being there to help families for whom neither their homeowner's insurance nor their flood insurance worked,” said Susan Lythgoe, executive director for Flatirons Habitat for Humanity.

The county also implemented new construction standards as a result of the flooding.

Davis is excited to see her town get back to how it used to be.

“You know what?” she said, “it’s coming back.” 

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