Gov. Hickenlooper tours devastation in Jamestown, Longmont

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LONGMONT, Colo. — Governor John Hickenlooper surveyed the devastating in Jamestown Friday, and met with officials to discuss rebuilding the area’s infrastructure as soon as possible.

“I’ve been to too many disasters in the last couple of years, and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Hickenlooper said after touring the town damaged by floodwaters.

Jamestown, Lyons and Longmont are three of the hardest hit communities that have a long road ahead to recovery.

“Our measure of a state is making sure that we dig out and rebuild better than we had it before,” Hickenlooper added.

Lyons Mayor Julie van Domelen said the town has been inhabitable because the area’s main infrastructure is down, including electricity, gas and water.

“I think having the political leadership of our state see the devastation that this community has suffered is really important so that we can begin rebuilding the infrastructure of our community,” Jamestown Mayor Tara Schoedinger said.

Thousands are still in need in Longmont, and food and supplies continue to pour in at the Longmont disaster center.

Governor Hickenlooper has estimated that Colorado is probably looking at $1.5 billion in damages due to the floods this season.

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