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Glen Haven still rebuilding after 2013 historic floods

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Posted at 8:46 AM, Jun 02, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-02 10:46:51-04

GLEN HAVEN, Colo. -- A small mountain town is still working to recover from the 2013 floods and Thursday morning the town is broke ground on a new town hall. 

The small quiet town of Glen Haven sits in between the tall mountains. Not much exists here anymore. A few businesses sit along County Road 43. One of those businesses is Glen Haven General Store. 

Becky and her husband, Steve Childs, run the only store since the 1980's. It suffered damage during the floods. 

"The foundation didn't move, but the upper store went sideways a tiny bit," Becky said. 

People near and far come to visit Glen Haven. 

"A lot of people, whether it's family ties, or just the history in terms of picnics or Sunday drives, it's really a special place to a lot of folks," Steve said. 

The town is still working to get past the floods that destroyed the town. Several other businesses were here, but now only a few exist. That's because most of the town is now in a flood plain. One building stands out from the rest; Glen Haven's Town Hall.

"For seventy years, it was pretty much the center, the gathers place for the community," Steve said. "Pot luck dinners, and weddings."

It's important to the folks living here. The town is raising money to rebuild it, with the help of grants, too. 

"We are thrilled about it, we love the design and we are really excited about just get moving on it, getting something in the ground," Becky said. 

So far, the community has raised about $300,000 dollars, but they're not done. 

The Glen Haven Town Hall Steering Committee will be hosting a "Raise the Roof Fest and Feast" on Saturday, June 24 from 5 to 9 p.m. There will be eight local musical acts, along with food, beer and wine at the town hall site on County Road 43.