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Jamestown Newsletter, March 15


REMINDER: Schedule for requesting additional assistance

World Renew Disaster Response Services will have volunteers in Boulder County from Monday, February 10th to Saturday, February 22nd, 2014. People affected by the flooding who need additional assistance to recover can talk to a volunteer at one of the walk-in centers noted below. This is your chance to request help for your recovery needs. Please bring your FEMA ID number with you if you have one. You may also call 1-303-895-3429with questions or email them to


Help still available from the Red Cross

Provided by the Mayor of Jamestown:

The American Red Cross of Colorado would like to remind residents affected by September’s devastating Jamestown Flood, that help is still available to assist with recovery. Residents with flood-related needs can call the Red Cross Colorado Flood Relief Hotline at 888-635-6381 to speak with a caseworker who can:

  • Provide useful referrals–connect individuals with useful referrals for needs such as furniture, clothing, food, government assistance programs, clean-up assistance and more
  • Help meet unmet needs–provide qualified disaster survivors with Red Cross assistance to help with unmet, disaster-related needs such as transportation, move-in assistance, food, temporary storage, furniture replacement and clean-water storage.

Quick Links

Long-Term Flood Recovery Assistance Rebuilding and Restoration Guide
Jamestown Recovery Plan 9 Guiding Principles for Jamestown
Visit the Town of Jamestown web site FEMA’s rent assistance formula revealed

Mold and Water Advice

From: Boulder County Public Health

If you are worried about mold or the safety of your water after September’s flooding, Boulder County Public Health offers free advice. Visit or call 303-441-1564 to speak to an Environmental Health specialist.

Replace your important papers

FEMA has provided guidance here on ways to get duplicates of destroyed or missing documents.

Get help from the “ask me anything” Community Advocate

Rebecca Lawrence is the new Community Advocate for Jamestown. She says:

Ask me anything.: questions/problems concerning benefits through the system; local resources; emotional support; housing needs; home furnishings; clothing, etc.. There are no trivial questions. I don’t have all the answers but, I will find them for you.” –Rebecca–

Click the VALUABLE RESOURCES link in the sidebar to contact Rebecca.

Special CenturyLink customer support number

Message from CenturyLink:

CenturyLink has established a Colorado flood line for all customer related issues. This number is (877) 908-9661 or please feel free to stop by our retail store at Boulder’s Twenty Ninth Street, just behind Burger King and south of 5 Guys on the west side. We are prepared to address your varying needs related to the flood: service credits, service transfer, billing, suspension, temporary, forwarding, etc.. Each customer is unique and we can assist you to tailor your services during this disaster.


Housing help

If you or someone you know from Jamestown is looking for housing, please contact Rebecca Lawrence or call the town hall at 303-586-2769.

Boulder County flood recovery hub

All sorts of helpful information–phone numbers, housing help, request help, etc.

New Colorado web site for recovery information

Announcing the new, useful and timely Official State of Colorado Website for Recovery Information and Resources for Colorado flood survivors. The name — Colorado United — was chosen to illustrate how communities are coming together to help. You can find a wealth of info on housing, safety, where to donate, and much more.

Contact Fred’s if you need propane over the winter

Fred’s is asking Jamestown residents to contact them if you need propane over the winter:


Phone: (303) 444-1787

Critical financial deadline approaching

As we learned at the town meeting on Wednesday, the name SBA is a real misnomer. (Government, go figure.) The SBA is a major source of PERSONAL and business assistance in the form of low interest and/or grants if you qualify. The tricky part is that there’s no way to know if you qualify unless you apply. The application deadline is Nov. 14, 2013 and if you miss that you are out of luck if you find out you need personal assistance after that date. For example, if a crack shows up in your foundation later on due to the super-saturated soil..

Keep checking the countdown timer in the right sidebar so you don;t get caught by surprise and miss the deadline.

More insurance advice if you have been denied coverage

If you think you have been unjustifiably denied insurance coverage (such as denied continuation of homeowners insurance) you can follow these steps:

  1. Ask for a denial letter in writing with the reason for the denial. Tell them you want it so that you can give it to  the State Division of Insurance. You may find that  they suddenly reverse their decision right there. If not go to the next step when you get the denial letter.
  2. Call Tracy Garceau when you have the denial letter and have her advise you on what to do next. 303.894.7803
  3. Share your experience in a Comment to this post so that others can benefit from your experience of what worked and what didn’t.

A Jamestown resident was recently able to quickly get a decision reversed at Step 1.

Insurance changes are coming

Tracy Garceau from the Colorado Division of Insurance was at tonight’s town meeting. She said that the on Friday the State was going to pass emergency insurance regulations that would stop certain abuses by insurance companies. One that she mentioned is stopping companies from denying insurance renewals because the house is not occupied.


Free legal services for flood victims

Read about the free legal services here.

How to get a low CenturyLink home phone service charge

Myself and some of my neighbors have forwarded our home phones to another number while dropping all other services. After comparing prices we found that we are paying wildly varying rates from zero to $20 or more a month. My own experience in trying to address this with the standard CentruryLink service number was frustrating to say the least. But I was finally able to call a special “Retention Department” number and get help (thanks Call for your QT post). Scott reduced our rate from $17.45/month to $8.73/month for four months. We can make the same request in four months and hopefully get the rate extended again if necessary. Here is what you can do . . .


Boulder County road closure map

Boulder County has an interactive road closure map here.

Need help winterizing your house?

Louie Maurer will begin winterizing homes in Jamestown Tuesday Oct.1st Rates will be charged on a time and materials basis. Winterizing meaning blowing out water lines with compressed air,and anti-freezing P traps, dishwashers, washers etc. Contact Louie on the QT, leave a phone number and he will contact you ASAP.

Grants up to $1,500 from Elevations Credit Union until October 18

If you are an Elevations Credit Union member you may be eligible for a grant of up to $1,500. If you are a member of a different credit union ask them if they have a similar offer.


Drop-in support group, October 1st and 8th

Dear community,

Please join us on Tuesday at the Boulder JCC Library for a drop-in support group for those affected by the flood. Come share your story or just be among others who are experiencing similar feelings.

Flood-Related Drop-In Group October 1st and 8th

Feeling shock, disbelief, anger, sadness, or confusion? In the aftermath of the flood many people are coping with overwhelming feelings of grief and loss. Boulder JFS is offering a drop-in group for anyone in need of emotional support during this time. Join us on Tuesday, October 1st and/or Tuesday October 8th, 4:00-5:30 p.m. at the Boulder JCC Library. Please call Boulder JFS at 303.415.1025 for more information. RSVPs are appreciated; walk-ins welcome.

Reduced hours for disaster assistance

Boulder County’s Longmont and Boulder Disaster Assistance Centers (DACs) will reduce their open hours beginning Friday, Sept. 27, as all services being offered at the centers begin to transition back to city and county offices and community non-profit organizations.

Get Boulder County services referrals and free assistance on Saturday

From: Boulder County (originally posted on the QT)

HHS Director Frank Alexander, Wendy, and county staff will be at Town Hall in Jamestown this Saturday from 1-5. We will have referrals for County services, gas cards and food assistance sign ups for Jamestown residents. Please spread the word. #boulderflood

Disaster food assistance ends Friday (9/24/2013)

From: Boulder County Housing and Human Services

As you may have seen, Boulder County residents who have been impacted by the recent flooding (including county employees) now have access to a temporary expansion of the federal food assistance program (SNAP). It’s known as the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or D-SNAP, and it provides one month of food assistance funding (between $200 and $1,200, averaging about $668 for a family of four) for those who qualify.

There is a very short application window for D-SNAP. Applications will not be accepted after this Friday, Sept. 27th.

If you know someone who may qualify for D-SNAP, please make sure they know they can come to one of the Disaster Assistance Centers to apply. The application process takes between 20 and 45 minutes.

Here are documents with D-SNAP information that may be helpful to you:

D-SNAP Food Assistance Highlights

D-SNAP Disaster Food Assistance Eligibility Criteria

D-SNAP Disaster Food Assistance Income Guidelines

Recovery Assistance

Go to or for information about assistance and resources available for those affected by the Boulder flood. The Call Center will be open 8-5 through Tuesday, Sept. 24. Call: 303-413-7730.

Pass the word about Nederland Food Party

The Nederland Food Pantry, in the Nederland Community Center, is available to anyone needing food assistance on the first and last Thursday of each month from 10-12.We are also open every Saturday from 10-12.

In addition, a wonderful lunch can be enjoyed with the Nederland Area Seniors each Monday and Wednesday at noon in the Ned Community Center. On 9/23 and 9/25 someone will be there who can assist you with a Food Pantry distribution as well. For lunch reservations call 303-258-0799 by Friday at 4pm for lunch on Monday and by Monday at 4pm for lunch on Wednesday.

The Clothing Closet has FREE clothes for all ages and is open on Wednesday and Saturday mornings as well as Thursdays when the Food Pantry is open. It is also located in the Nederland Community Center.

If you need further information, please email Laura Fisher

Stay up to date by following Jamestown Connect

I’d like to suggest that people set up to “Follow” Jamestown Connect as a way to keep a pulse on useful and/or important information. (Instructions to “Follow” are below.) I’d like to briefly describe the philosophy of the site so you understand the reason for my suggestion.

We seek to be a repository for useful, actionable information from various sources including the QT. If something that fits that parameter is posted on the QT (and we see it) we add it to Jamestown Connect–that way it doesn’t get lost in all the QT postings. If something is from another source we add it to Jamestown Connect and then also post the link on the QT. One of the needs we are also trying to fill is to make information easier to find. We can’t guarantee that every available piece of information is captured but what is there should be useful and/or of high interest.

By following Jamestown Connect you will be automatically notified when something new is posted. This will help you to see things that may slip your attention in the QT postings.

Our goal is to supplement the QT not replace it.

To follow Jamestown Connect follow these steps:
1. Go to
2. Scroll to the bottom of the page.
3. Click the Follow link in the lower right corner.
4. Follow the instructions from there.

Clothing Exchange Saturday, 9/21

Submitted by friends of Jamestown:

Clothing Exchange – Saturday, 9/21, from 11 -2 in NOBO. (Complete Physique, 1501 Lee Hill Drive, Unit # 11 (warehouses east of Broadway by the Upslope Brewery)

I’ve been communicating with David M and am a friend of one of your community. Friends and I have been gathering clothing, bedding, and leads on furniture for you and would like to share that tomorrow at the address above. Please bring any clothing you have received that you would like to add to the exchange. We’re continuing to gather and can’t promise much organization tomorrow but we’re working toward doing that in another space. If you can’t make it tomorrow, no worries, we will be open for business in another location soon!

We have clothing, shoes, bedding, towels, and hopefully coffee! 🙂

Happy to take requests for clothes sizing, furniture needs but you really don’t want to hear me sing! 😉

Another way to communicate with friends and family

You can use this Red Cross page to post “safe and well messages” that your loved ones can view.


Foothills Relief Fund

From the Town of Ward website:Foothills Flood Relief fundAs a reminder: Foothills United Way has established a Fund for the victims of this flood. The name of the fund is the Foothills Flood Relief Fund and that money will be used for housing and human services and will ALL stay local in our communities…just like our long term recovery fund for the fire. Please do share this URL: or go to and follow the links to donate. PLEASE DO SHARE THIS INFO WITH ALL OF YOUR GROUPS!

2.) 2-1-1 has been activated. If you know of anyone that has any questions about evacuation sites, routes, donations, road closures etc. they can call 2-1-1 in the Boulder area to get help.

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