Flood of June 4, 2002, in the Indian Creek Basin, Linn County, Iowa

Open-File Report 2004-1074
Prepared in cooperation with the Iowa Department of Transportation and the Iowa Highway Research Board (Project HR-140)



Severe flooding occurred on June 4, 2002, in the Indian Creek Basin in Linn County, Iowa, following thunderstorm activity over east-central Iowa. The rain gage at Cedar Rapids, Iowa, recorded a 24-hour rainfall of 4.76 inches at 6:00 p.m. on June 4th. Radar indications estimated as much as 6 inches of rain fell in the headwaters of the Indian Creek Basin. Peak discharges on Indian Creek of 12,500 cubic feet per second at County Home Road north of Marion, Iowa, and 24,300 cubic feet per second at East Post Road in southeast Cedar Rapids, were determined for the flood. The recurrence interval for these peak discharges both exceed the theoretical 500-year flood as computed using flood-estimation equations developed by the U.S. Geological Survey. Information about the basin and flood history, the 2002 thunderstorms and associated flooding, and a profile of high-water marks are presented for selected reaches along Indian and Dry Creeks.

Study Area

Table of Contents

Basin Description
Flood History
Storm Description
Flood Description
Flood Profile
Appendix: Temporary Bench Marks and Reference Points

Publication type Report
Publication Subtype USGS Numbered Series
Title Flood of June 4, 2002, in the Indian Creek Basin, Linn County, Iowa
Series title Open-File Report
Series number 2004-1074
DOI 10.3133/ofr20041074
Year Published 2004
Language English
Publisher U.S. Geological Survey
Publisher location Reston, VA
Contributing office(s) Iowa Water Science Center
Description iv, 31 p.
Country United States
State Iowa
County Linn
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Additional Online Files (Y/N) N
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