PACIFIC JUNCTION, Iowa -- Evacuation orders were lifted for part of Pacific Junction, 30 days after the order came to evacuate town.
“Here in Pacific Junction, they have opened up the mandatory evacuation area west of Depot Street,” said Sheri Bowen, public information officer for the Mills County Emergency Management Agency. “The east side is still under that mandatory evacuation, however, we have seen several individuals who are going in to check on their homes in that area.”
Clydie Nelson came back Sunday and Monday to retrieve items from her home on the east side of town. She can’t stay yet, but she said it is important to get some items.
“Nice to be able to get home yesterday and get some of the stuff out to give my kids a piece of home, to where they knew they were going to be OK,” said Nelson. “I think it’s going to be hit and miss with who comes home and who doesn’t. I’m not afraid to rebuild, I’ve seen this from stud to stud, I’m not afraid to rebuild.”
Rebuilding will have to wait until the water is gone from town. Nelson said it was hard to walk into her home for the first time in a month this past weekend.
“I remember as a kid in ’93, playing in the ditches and in the creeks, and what not, nothing like this,” said Nelson. “Even in ’52 I’ve got a picture of my grandma down by the school. She’s about knee high in water, but nothing prepares you for this.”
Water in the Nelson home was clear to the ceiling. One bedroom ceiling collapsed due to the water.