Kevin Hardy Des Moines Register Published 4:16 PM EDT Apr 26, 2019 PACIFIC JUNCTION, Ia. — Mary Manchester clutched a pair of sopping, violet bath towels appreciatively and hung them on the clothesline out back, hoping to salvage anything from the wreckage. Inside her two-bedroom, two-bathroom mobile home, her husband dragged appliances, clothing and knickknacks to the curb. Her popup camper was lodged in the mud several blocks away. “It’s a total loss,” she said of the home she’s lived in since 1993. Manchester’s home and every one of the 200 structures in the tiny town of Pacific Junction spent weeks underwater after floodwaters from the Missouri River bombarded the community in March. Because of the town’s unique geography — the mayor frequently calls his hamlet a “bowl” — the water had no natural route to recede. That left homes, city hall and the post office festering in a soup of brown river water for a month. Now that residents of Pacific Junction, population 395, have started to assess and clean up the damage, they’re left with major decisions. Here and in flooded towns across southwest Iowa, many residents said they remain committed to rebuilding. But their resiliency will be tested — both by projected changes in weather… Read full this story
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