Colorado floods: Inside Jamestown

4:34 PM, Sep 23, 2013   |    comments
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JAMESTOWN - More than a week later, neighbors who live in Jamestown are digging themselves out of the mess left behind.


As you walk through town, you can see where homes once stood. Other structures are partially off the foundation and leaning toward the creek. Many neighbors have several inches of mud and debris inside their homes. Since residents were able to return home they have been working tirelessly to try and clean up the mess of the flood.

"Lower Main Street would run right through town and it was a compact gravel road. Now the road is torn up. We're seeing downed power lines all over the place [and] seeing lots of debris brought down by the flow of the stream," Jamestown Mayor Tara Schoedinger said.

Everywhere you go around town you see neighbors taking steps to clean up and help eachother rebuild. Make-shift bridges are placed throughout the down because in many places the creek has washed out where the road once was. Despite the destruction, the there were plenty of people who were optimistic.

"Yeah, we lost good old Joey. That dude was like an ambassador for the town. He would give you the shirt off his back, he was just that kind of guy," Leon Hill said.

Joey Howlett died during the flood, his body was recovered days later. But neighbors say his spirit lives on in the town and it reminds them how lucky they are to be alive.

"These are houses, these are things, but we lost a friend, Joey. He was a good man," Mark Wischmeyer said.

"The spirit of this community is amazing," Mark Wischmeyer, resident of Jamestown, said. "Everybody is pulling together now, and helping people they never met before. It's going to take a lot of time and a lot of work, but it's amazing how this little town is pulling together. We will rise, I can't say from the ashes it's more like from the flood waters, but we're going to come back."

(KUSA-TV © 2013 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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