Two years after the flood: Jamestown

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JAMESTOWN, Colo. — Two years ago, the community of Jamestown in Boulder County pretty much washed away. The town’s population dwindled from about 280 to 12 overnight after a massive flood destroyed homes, roadways and a way of life.

“The impact was huge,” said Rebecca Lawrence, who lives in a nearby town.

Sunday marked the two-year anniversary of the flood. During those two years, a lot has been done to rebuild Jamestown.

“You don’t give up. You just don’t give up no matter what is in front of you,” Lawrence said.

Of the 17 homes destroyed, three have been rebuilt. Two additional homes are under construction and three more are in the process of getting ready to start construction.

“I think we’ve had really good progress,” Jamestown Mayor Tara Schoedinger said.

Schoedinger said a good chunk of the town’s population has returned as well. At last count about 240 to 250 people are living in Jamestown.

There’s still a lot to be done, she added, but so far things are looking good.