An historical archive of the year of the great flood.

Archive for March, 2014

Sunday Reflection

Group from back

That lov’in feeling at the Jamestown Town Hall, ca 2000


Creek restoration progress

Photo by Laurel Wanrow.


Presentation from Spring Runoff Preparedness Meetings

From Boulder County Commissioners:

Thank you to everyone who was able to come to the Boulder County Spring Runoff & Community Preparedness meetings held earlier this month.  We had over 825 people attend during our four nights of meetings.

We have posted the PowerPoint presentation, videotape of one meeting and the High Hazard Project maps  on the website:


Bad road–exercise extreme caution

A section of the road is seriously undercut about 1.5 miles below Jamestown. The area is marked by cones and the county has been notified. Do not drive near the edge.

Photo by Mark Gosbee.


TAARKA at the Merc on Saturday

From the Jamestown Merc:

We have a GREAT band, TAARKA. Pretty excited. And we’ll have a big Thai Dinner, by request. Thai salads, curry chicken and more.



Reminder–Jamestown’s Municipal Election, Tuesday April 1

This is a friendly reminder to all registered voters of Jamestown to VOTE for Mayor and Board of Trustees on Tuesday, April 1, 2014. The town hall (located at 118 Main Street) will be open for voting from 7AM-7PM.

Here’s who’s on the ballot:

Tara Schoedinger, Mayor (running unopposed)

Town Board of Trustees:

  • Julie Constantine
  • Chad Droste
  • Vic Harris
  • Ken Lenarcic
  • Allan Mueller
  • Matt Ogsbury
  • Tim Stokes

See you Tuesday, April 1st!

IRS Gives Colorado Flood Victims More Time To Decide When To Claim Losses


Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Washington D.C. – The Internal Revenue Service today provided taxpayers an extension until Oct. 15, 2014 to decide when to claim disaster losses arising from last September’s flooding.


Thanks to the many volunteers who cleaned the creek on Saturday

The cleanup went on in spite of snow, sub-freezing temps, and frozen fingers.

Photos by Laurel Wanrow.

Community Meeting at The Merc today (Monday)

Community Meeting at The Merc 5 pm.
Open Jovan to follow.
Come get an informational update and stay to share a song.

Sunday Reflection

Mercferds in the Septic
Mercfrds in the Septic, ca 2000

Important Spring Runoff & Community Preparedness Info.

From Boulder County:

Thank you to everyone who was able to come to the Boulder County Spring Runoff & Community Preparedness meetings last week. We had more than 825 people attend during our four nights of meetings.

We have posted the PowerPoint presentation, video of the first meeting, and the High Hazard Project maps on the Community Meetings webpage here. 


Tomorrow’s stream cleanup is ON, EVEN IF IT SNOWS

From Nina Andaloro:

Mother Nature is throwing a wrench in the works yet again. It is supposed to snow tomorrow, Saturday and we have planned for residents to join in on debris pick-up in the creek area.

Please know this event IS still going to happen – unless snow fall is significant early in the day (5 inches or greater by 9 am). This NEEDS to be done before the EWP (emergency watershed project) gets any further so please come on up and join in!


It’s so nice to see you back where you belong

James Creek Today. Photos by Laurel Wanrow.

How to move a creek

Here is a handy guide on how to move a creek as documented in photographs by Laurel Wanrow.

Step 1: Place big yellow thing in post-Jamestown flood creek and start digging


Step 2: Tidy-up post-flood creek


Step 3: Dig channel for new creek


Step 4: Divert water to new creek


Step 5: Grade the road where the post-flood creek used to be


Step 6: Welcome town-folk to the new Ward Road with creek back were it started before the Jamestown flood


Spring Runoff work has started

Jamestown’s emergency spring runoff creek mitigation work has begun. Runoff is expected to begin May 1st, with a few potentially high days in April. Snow pack is 169-248% of normal this year. Two major projects have begun to prepare for the runoff: realigning the creek on Ward Road back to it’s pre-Jamestown Flood location; shaping and “hardening” the creek below Ward Road. Residents should be aware of the schedule below involving heavy construction vehicles.

These photos were taken by Laurel Wanrow.

65 Ward

62 Ward

Confluence of Little Jim and Big Jim


Ward Road Realignment: Monday AM – Tuesday

Surveyor will be staking and we will begin the road / river swap. We estimate this to be 2 Days. Road access will be unavailable starting at 51 Ward St and going up until this work is complete. (Todd talk to residents in cabins for 10 minutes)

Creek Shaping: Monday – Saturday
Continue working in the upper Reach areas above Ward Rd. with surveyor and excavation of channel. This will continue downward towards town all week as quickly as we can go. Any updates that would directly impact the residents I will let you know. Continue in the creek with surveying and equipment throughout upper reach sections and misc. work closer to town.

Rock Delivery: Midweek Planned
CDOT rock blasting and trucking the rock from Lyons to Jamestown is on track to begin mid week. We are in contact with CDOT and the GC, ACC in charge of blasting and loading. We are waiting for them to send us trucking waivers before we can begin the hauling of rock. Once we sign it I will notify you and then the town will see some trucks delivering the armor throughout each day. Once we have a feel of the loading time and the turn around time for each truck run we can be more precise in the trucking schedule for delivery times and let you know.

Traffic Sign Delivery & Placement: Monday or Tuesday
We have some traffic control signs coming to town as well. Please let the residents know that we may need to strategically place these in front of certain homes throughout the course of the project. We will be careful not to block driveways or place in a position that is line with any pedestrian access. As unattractive as the signs can be they are necessary to slow down traffic and to alert folks of the construction areas.

Fuel Tank Arriving: Monday
We are bringing in a tank for the heavy equipment most likely Monday. It is a self contained unit and will be parked in the staging area behind the trailer.

Volunteer Creek Cleaning: All Week & Saturday
Nina is planning a creek cleaning effort for this Saturday and possibly throughout this week. Folks can feel free to volunteer from here on out to remove any trash from the creek as we move through town. It will help keep the machines working and will also help to mitigate any trash from potentially being buried.

Jamestown Newsletter, March 15

Sunday Reflection

Suzanne, Bill, Holly, Nolan, Dave, Nancy
Rockin’ at the Merc, May 15, 2003

Colorado gets $199M more for flood recovery

DENVER—Colorado is getting an additional $199 million from the federal government to help communities devastated by September’s historic floods, U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan announced Friday. [Read the rest of the Denver Post story]

More Federal Funding for Disaster Recovery on the Way!

HUD Secretary Donovan, Gov. Hickenlooper, Sens. Udall and Bennet to announce funding for disaster recovery

DENVER — Thursday, March 13, 2014 — Secretary of U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Shaun Donovan, Gov. John Hickenlooper and U.S. Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet will announce a second round of HUD disaster recovery funds for Colorado on Friday. The funding will help the hardest hit communities recover from the September 2013 floods.

WHERE: West Steps, state Capitol
WHEN: 10:15 a.m., Friday, March 14

In December 2013, HUD awarded an initial allocation of $62.8 million in Community Development Block Grant-Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) to Colorado. The three counties most severely affected by the flooding, Boulder, Weld and Larimer counties, will receive 80 percent of those funds.

Community meeting TONIGHT (Mon.) at a Merc near you

From Erika Archer:

MONDAY, MARCH 10, 5:00

Due to popular demand, our next Rebuild Jamestown Community Meeting will be in Jamestown at the Merc at 5:00 on Monday, March 10th. This is mostly going to be a repeat of the information given at the March 4th Community Meeting in Boulder and is designed to help loop in all of the people living in town who can’t always make it down the hill. Stop in, order up some dinner and come with your questions. All are welcome, of course!!

Work to mitigate Spring runoff has begun

From the Mayor of Jamestown:

The Town Board awarded the EWP (Emergency Watershed Protection) construction work to Colt & Steel last Monday night. They have begun to mobilize today and will continue to do so over the next couple days, and then work will begin. With the weather so unpredictable, the timing of spring run-off unknown, the snow pack totals in our drainages and the temperatures fluctuating, they will begin work immediately.

Their working hours will be 7am – 7pm 7-days per week, weather permitting.

They will stage their equipment and materials at the Town Square, the Anderson Street right-of-way and the west parking lot at Elysian Park.

Please contact me or the Town Office if you have any questions.


Tara Schoedinger

Sunday Reflection

Merry Ladies of Jamestown

Come to Alex’s art and JAM event this weekend

FROM ALEX: I will be doing the open studio workshop tomorrow (Sat.) 11:00-2:00. Open to anyone wishing to work on watercolor or related artwork, with other members of your community. Call or e-mail if you have any questions: 303-444-6716 / alexmeeker-at-

FROM JAM: Meeting this Sunday 4:00 pm at the Brotherton’s. (12 Mill St.) Come and discuss the future of JAM and the Arts in Jamestown. All are welcome.

Merc happenings

Merc Calendar update:

Just a early heads up- we have an important event NEXT Saturday, March 15 — BONNIE of Bonnie and the Clydes and LAUREN of the Railsplitters are playing together in a new band. As a special favor to our town, they decided months ago to bestow us with their new band’s FIRST SHOW! Should be amazing!

Tonight Thursday– Kristina Murray Band and Pesto Lasagna
Friday– Friday afternoon club, drinks n food 5-8pm
Saturday– open 9am- 9pm BIG MEDICINE GANG CD release party!
Monday– Open Jovan

Watch the Post-Disaster Income Tax workshop

From Boulder County:

For those who were unable to attend the Post-Disaster Income Tax Workshop in Boulder on Feb. 12, this video is a similar one that was presented in El Paso County on Feb. 13.

The workshop addressed fire and flood loss, so it delves deeply into possible insurance scenarios in addition to flood loss issues. An explanation about how the national disaster declaration can impact tax consequences is near the end of the presentation at 2:01:16.


Community meeting tonight (Tuesday)

From Erika Archer:

Hello everyone – This is a reminder that there is a Rebuild Jamestown Community Meeting tomorrow night from 5:30-7:30 at the Boulder County Courthouse (3rd Floor).


Google flood

I generally refrain from posting pure disaster photos. But I think these help to tell the story of what hardened in Jamestown. They are from the latest Google Earth. –Steve–

Sunday Reflection

Quinter & Val with rainbow
Quinter and Val, ca 2000

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