The Flood of 2004 was caused much like the Flood of 1999. In 2004 the flood was caused by a cold front that became a stationary front over Iowa. It stayed stationary for quite a few days which caused widespread damage from numerous tornadoes as well as a large amount of rain each and every night along with severe thunderstorms. Storms started on May 18th and continued through May 24th. On May 21st a rather large tornado hit the town of Palo doing major damage in its path. Cedar Rapids, IA was hard hit by the same storm that caused the tornado, but there was not an actual touchdown in Cedar Rapids. Linn county received local reports of 4"-6" of rain in one hour. One week later all of the rain that was received during rains each day caused all the major rives into a torrent of water. Manchester, was hit hard by the Maquoketa River. Elkport & Garber were nearly destroyed by the Turkey River. Many other areas also saw flooding along all the major rivers. Pictures were taken at the location of the tornado in Palo and also taken on Wednesday (5/26) & Thursday (5/27) as the Cedar River in Cedar Rapids reached its crest. The official crest happened on Thursday, May 27th, 2004 (noon), at 18.3 feet, flood stage is 12 feet.
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