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Today's News

  • Pacific Junction Clean-up, Recovery Begin

    After being forced to stay of out of their flooded community for more than a month, Pacific Junction residents were finally allowed to return to their homes last week to assess damage and begin an overwhelming clean-up process.

    “It was bad,” Terry Parham, Sr., said as he gave an account of the re-entry into his family’s home on the west side of Pacific Junction. “It’s what I thought it’d be. There was water everywhere. There’s no way to describe how bad it is because you know it’s going to be bad.”

  • NY Senator Gillibrand Sees Flood Impact First-hand

    U.S. Senator and Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand of New York toured flood-impacted areas of Mills County last Wednesday following her participation in a senate field hearing in Glenwood on the Army Corps of Engineers’ management of the Missouri River.

  • 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 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.

  • Flood Evacuees Trying To Make Due In Disaster

    Eldon Kammerer has lived in Pacific Junction for nearly five decades.

    He’s never seen anything like the flooding that overtook his Pacific Junction home and forced his sudden evacuation March 16.

    “The worst in history, they tell me,” Kammerer said.