More progress down the hard road back from September's devastating flood was made Saturday in Jamestown, as volunteers braved somewhat chilly weather to pitch in and do the tough work needed to protect the mountain community against the spring runoff.
Volunteers cleared debris from James Creek and Little James Creek, as well as homeowners' land, filling sand bags and helping residents ready their properties for the coming spring thaw.
Jamestown was one of the hardest hit communities in Boulder County during the deluge that saw record rainfall kill four in the county and is estimated to have caused more than $2 billion in damage in the state.
A debris slide claimed the life of longtime Jamestown resident Joey Howlett, when his house collapsed on him in the middle of the night. The Boulder County Assessor determined that 26 properties were destroyed in the town. Thirty-seven Jamestown residences were damaged and remain in disrepair, and the loss of public infrastructure was estimated by town officials at $30 million.
Progress has been made in the town's recovery, however, in no small part due to the efforts of volunteers such as those who turned out Saturday.
At the middle of last month, officials estimated that 20,154 volunteer hours had been contributed in Jamestown by more than 1,100 volunteers.
Saturday's efforts only added to those numbers — and should help ensure that the town is well prepared for the weeks ahead.