It’s been five months since the rains first pounded Colorado, and the world stopped for residents who watched their possessions wash away. Since then, life moved on for many survivors who are able to return home and slowly rebuild.

In the small mountain community of Jamestown, infrastructure damage has kept residents out. This week, The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross partnered to bring home 17 Jamestown families by purchasing 1,650-gallon cisterns to provide the residents with clean water.

For these families, a clean and reliable source of water was the single issue standing between them and returning to their homes; without water, the residences were uninhabitable despite being livable in every other way.

“The residents of Jamestown are resilient and very committed to their community,” said Sherry Manson, Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services Director. “The water cisterns will enable many to return which will help restore the sense of community and foster a quicker recovery for Jamestown.” Manson spearheaded The Salvation Army’s relief efforts following the floods and witnessed the devastation in Jamestown first-hand.

The Salvation Army and the American Red Cross each have contributed $15,000 towards the $30,000 project. They purchased the cisterns from Mile Hi Water, a local company based in Boulder County.

Last week, Mile Hi Water began visiting the 17 family homes to install the 1,650-gallon cisterns. Residents will work directly with Mile Hi Water to set up delivery and installation of their household cisterns.

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