Some Iowa towns have been under water for weeks. The big question: will residents come back? (Des Moines Register, 4/26/2019)
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.
Pacific Junction is an old railroad town, established in 1871 as a meeting point of several lines. Decades ago, the railroad boom supported a farm implement dealer, drug store and grocery store.
But trains no longer stop here.
Shrink-Smart Small Towns: Communities can still thrive as they lose population. (Iowa State University Extension and Outreach)