flood·wa·ter | \ˈfləd-ˌwȯ-tər, -ˌwä-\

Definition of floodwater 

: the water of a flood

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Interstate 4 drivers have reported construction-zone incidents in which their cars were skewered by projectiles, bombarded with concrete, doused in oil, submerged in floodwater, broken by potholes and whacked with light poles. Kevin Spear, OrlandoSentinel.com, "I-4 construction nightmares: Drivers seeking payment for car damage face daunting odds," 13 July 2018 Divers compared it to mountain climbing — but in tight, pitch-black spaces and buffeted by swirling floodwaters, towing a child. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: Leaked recordings of Ga. governor candidate highlight why people mistrust politicians," 11 July 2018 If you are not threatened by floodwaters, shelter in place. CBS News, "N.C. Dam in "imminent danger" of failing, evacuations ordered," 30 May 2018 They were forced to move deeper into the Tham Luang Nang Non cave to stay ahead of floodwaters, and afte nine days of being trapped with little to eat, all 13 were found alive on Monday. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Twitter tears into Diplo over tasteless tweet about trapped Thai soccer team," 5 July 2018 With the west branch out of its banks in downtown Naperville, yellow police tape cordoned off entrances to the Riverwalk because walkways are submerged under inches of floodwater. Rafael Guerrero, Naperville Sun, "East branch of DuPage River under flood warning; Naperville Riverwalk flooded," 22 June 2018 The Memorial Day Flood in 2016 — which also pounded the Houston area — brought floodwaters from Spring Creek to within inches of his front door and garage. Brooke A. Lewis, Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Woodlands residents sue companies over design of subdivision that flooded in Harvey," 31 May 2018 But with floodwaters receded, revealing devastating damage across the downtown of quaint shops and historic 18th and 19th Century buildings, others are stretched to the breaking point. David Mcfadden, The Seattle Times, "After the floods, locals ask ‘should I stay or should I go?’," 28 May 2018 The government is advising the public to stay out of floodwaters and storm water runoff to avoid any cesspool or sewer runoff, as well as any pesticides, dead animals, chemicals, or other pathogens that entered coastal waters. Lyndsey Matthews, Town & Country, "What Travelers Should Know About Visiting Kauai After the Flood," 20 Apr. 2018

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1791, in the meaning defined above

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: the water of a flood


flood·wa·ter | \ˈfləd-ˌwȯ-tər, -ˌwä-\

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: the water of a flood

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