Today's News

  • Vice President Pledges Support During Flood Tour

    The vice president of the United States was in Mills County Friday, viewing levee breaches and flooded farm fields and offering encouragement to victims of the historic Missouri River flooding that’s caused nearly $2 billion damage in western Iowa.

    During a brief appearance at the Lincoln family’s Ridgeview Farms southwest of Pacific Junction, Mike Pence promised support and relief to victims of a flood that’s now regarded as the worst in Mills County history.

  • Incident Management Team Overseeing P.J. Re-entry

    The city of Pacific Junction is getting some assistance from the Iowa Incident Management Team as residents begin re-entry into a community that’s suffered catastrophic flood damage over the past month.

  • The Kindness Of Strangers

    They have names like Eight Days of Hope and Convoy of Hope. They’re non-profits, staffed by volunteers, mobilized from all over the United States, from Tupelo, Miss. and Buffalo, N.Y. to Springfield, Mo. They go where the disaster is.
    They bring with them a common mission: help those affected by disaster get through, get by and get cleaned up.

  • Motel A Mess, But Owners Vow To Rebuild

    As Paul Hill drove away from the motel he and his wife Leeann own just north of the Highway 34 / Interstate 29 interchange on the evening of March 16, he wasn’t concerned about rising Missouri River flood water.

    “We’ll be back in a few days, we won’t get wet,” Paul recalled thinking.

  • 'Rebuild or Abandon' - Flooded Businesses In Southwest Iowa Have A Decision To Make

    Business owners in Mills and Fremont counties directly impacted by the catastrophic Missouri River flooding will have a decision to make in the coming weeks and months.
    Do they rebuild or move on?

    “We know we have to make a decision if we’re going to rebuild or abandon,” Feed Energy Chairman Robert Riley said Saturday while touring flood damage in western Mills County with Iowa’s Third District U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne.

  • Pacific Junction Won't Be Cleared For Re-entry Until Water Has Receded

    Pacific Junction and rural Mills County residents peppered Mayor Andy Young and Mills County Emergency Management officials with around two dozen flood-related questions during a nearly 90-minute, emotion-filled meeting last Wednesday night at the Glenwood Resource Center.

    Audience members had questions on a variety of topics, including security, water levels, clean-up assistance and evacuation protocol.

    One question that didn’t get answered is “When will we be able to get back into Pacific Junction?”

  • Pacific Junction Mayor Didn't Think He'd Ever See His Hometown Get Flooded By The Missouri River

    He’s seen his hometown saturated with water on many occasions, but Mayor Andy Young never thought he’d see the day Pacific Junction would succumb to flood water from the Missouri River.

  • Corps Of Engineers Taking Heat For River Management

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was the target of criticism at two meetings Friday as Mills County officials, business owners and farmers discussed the catastrophic flooding along the Missouri River in southwest Iowa.

  • Community Steps Up, Water Begins To Recede

    In a week of bad news that only seemed to trend toward worse with each passing day, the nearly 500 people forced from their homes due to historic flooding in western Mills County got some welcome news Friday.

    The flood waters that had steadily and devastatingly risen for more than a week had finally begun to recede.
    “The water is beginning to go down,” said Larry Hurst, Mills County Emergency Management Director.

  • Glenwood's Water Woes Show No End In Sight

    It’s been a little over a week since the water treatment plant south of Glenwood ceased operations due to rising flood waters.

    And just when the facility that supplies Glenwood and Pacific Junction with its water might re-open remains a mystery.